Junior School learning at home

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter

Please view the relevant learning from home guidelines for your child/ren’s Year level below:

Term 2 learning at home guidelines for Kinder families

Term 2 learning at home guidelines for Prep families

Term 2 learning at home guidelines for Year 1 and 2 families

Term 2 learning at home guidelines for Year 3 and 4 families

Term 2 guidelines for Learning at home for Year 5 and 6 families

Term 2 approach

Hopefully families were able to enjoy some relaxation over the holidays and are now eager to get back to a more regular routine and have your children re-engage with their education.

We appreciate that our community is endeavouring to keep students at home if at all possible.

Thank you for responding to surveys and providing feedback to assist us in the management of learning at home. A reminder that, as our Junior School students are twelve years and under, it remains the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure that education continues at this time.

Teachers have been working hard to reconfigure their planning and collect digital resources to ensure that our online programs cover essential learnings, and are engaging and manageable for the supervising adult at home.

By 9.00am each Monday a timetable of the week’s learning will be provided. Each day teachers will interact with home learners to support the program. Please view your child/ren’s Year level guidelines here.

We are all accountable to ensure regular learning for our students takes place. Teachers will take attendance daily at 3:00pm based on engagement with the online platform. If your child is sick or unable to participate for some reason, please contact the teacher to let them know.

Teachers will be providing support materials to assist with set activities. Additional learning support is available over this period of online learning for students who may need extra help. Teacher Assistants will be checking in with a range of students to offer assistance or feedback.

If you feel that your child needs additional support, or is not coping with the work that is set, please don’t hesitate to contact Louise Davidson, the Junior School Learning Support Coordinator, so that additional support or modified work can be arranged.

Our school Counsellor, Gai Bath, is also available if you or your child need support.

Students attending school

Thank you to essential workers who are supporting our community at this challenging time. We are able to provide supervision of online learning onsite for those students needing to attend.

School-based learning arrangements:

  • Students need to wear PE uniform with layering options for warmth
  • Parents/carers can drop students at the Brisbane or Harrington St gates
  • Only Kindergarten and Prep parents/carers may enter the school grounds
  • All students entering the school grounds must use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Students will be supervised by teaching and teaching support staff and will be engaging with the same activities as those learning at home

Thank you once again for your support. Working together as a community we are achieving some amazing things to enable the continuity of our children’s education at this challenging time.

Kind Regards,

Brigid Knight
Director of Junior School

Senior School learning at home

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter

Term 2 approach

We resumed school on Monday 27 April for the start of Term 2. We are continuing the learning at home program. We realise that by the end of any holiday period parents are often keen to send their child or children back to school, and the kids are usually as keen, but it is really important that we continue to prioritise flattening the curve, and have students learning at home if they can do so.

Thank you again, for your incredible support at the end of last term. The feedback was very positive and also helped us pinpoint some common issues. We have endeavoured to address them this term.

Learning from home expectations of students

Please view the Term 2 Guidelines for learning from home for Senior School students and parents here.

A copy has also been provided to all Senior School students. Homeroom teachers will also go through these with students. The Guidelines have varied a bit since last term in response to our collective experience.

New ‘bell times’ with extended lunch time

In response to feedback from parents, students and teachers, we have modified the bell times. It includes a longer Homeroom time on a Monday which we will use for various things during the term. It also includes an extended lunch time. This is to reduce screen time and provide a time in the middle of the day for students to get outside. 

Please view the Term 2 Senior School bell times here.

Monitoring attendance

We are required to track student engagement. In the Senior School, your daughter is expected to log into Homeroom and every period each day and remain connected as per the teacher’s expectations. This may be, for example, only ten minutes of direct instruction. Each teacher will make this clear to students each lesson. Staff will contact you if there appears to be an issue with your daughter’s attendance over the course of the day or a series of lessons within a subject. If your daughter is unable to participate in the scheduled learning please let the office know as you usually would and ask your child to email their teacher/s.

Accessing ICT Support

  • Students can access Microsoft Teams through the app installed on their computer, or the Microsoft Teams icon on the SEQTA Learn dashboard.
  • Students yet to connect to Microsoft Teams, login into SEQTA Learn, select Portals and view the Connect with Teams (Students) to get started.
  • For any ICT problems you may have, please contact the ICT Help Desk helpdesk@smc.tas.edu.au as soon as possible, and copy the class teacher into the email.

General Information

Essential Workers

If you are an essential worker, or unable to facilitate the learning of your child at home, can you please let us know your child will be at school. We ask all students coming to school to wear PE uniform, with all its warm layers. For these students, the online program will be managed at school by a staff member, as many teachers will be working from home this term.

We will only have three entry points to the College and access to parents and carers will only be available to drop and collect Kinder and Prep children. There will be staff at Harrington Street and the lower Brisbane Street gates to meet children. Parents and Carers can also enter through the upper Brisbane Street gate.

If a teacher believes a child or young person is unwell, they have been instructed to direct them to the office who will contact you to collect them immediately.

Our Catholic focus

The sanctity of human life and the call to community are two key Catholic teachings that apply to our current circumstances. Humanity is taking on extreme measures to ensure we minimise risk to life, particularly for those who are vulnerable. It seems now more than ever, we recognise the intrinsic connection we have with all humans and our responsibility to one another. We will endeavour to help students, age-appropriately, understand the richness of these teachings in the time ahead and look with hope to the future. Prayer and reflection will continue online as an important dimension of living and sharing our faith.

Student health and wellbeing

We know for some children and young people, these circumstances have exacerbated difficulties. Students can access counsellors through school and participate in phone or digital sessions.

Everyone benefits from healthy food, daily exercise and a regular sleep pattern. For all of us, it is important more than ever that we seek a balance that supports our own wellness. Factors to consider are online time, being outdoors, socialising, recreation and spiritual time. The extended lunch in the Senior School day was designed to support this balance but some young people may need encouragement to use it wisely.

At this stage, the message from the Tasmanian Government is that we will continue this form of educational delivery. No timeframe has been specified. We will continue to follow Catholic Education Tasmania’s requirements in accordance with Government direction.

We won’t be sending the usual Term 2 letters. Please keep abreast of The Fountain, our newsletter, and these emailed parent updates. Get in touch through the usual channels if you need assistance at any time.

I hope we are serving the needs of students as best we can in this complex environment. Staff have put in considerable energy to making the best of things. Students have risen to the challenge. Thanks for working with us.

Best wishes for your family in the coming term, as we keep the world in our prayers.


Helen Spencer

Rowing Cocktail Party and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Newsletter

Current and past supporters of the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club are warmly invited to attend the club’s third annual cocktail party, which will be held on Saturday 7 March from 7.30pm at the New Town Bay Rowing Centre. 

It’s set to be a fantastic night out that will include entertainment, delicious canapes and a silent auction fundraiser, with some exciting prizes up for grabs. 

Tickets are $35 per person (which includes a free drink on arrival), with all proceeds from the event going towards the purchase and maintenance of rowing boats, safety equipment and club facilities. 

All rowers and non-rowers are very welcome to come along, but please note this is an adults-only celebration. 

For event and ticketing information, please refer to the flyer below, or contact Elizabeth Carter at ecarter@smc.tas.edu.au

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


Junior Athletics results

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

On Thursday 14 November in very windy and chilly conditions the Junior Athletics team headed to the Domain Athletic Centre for the first of our inter-school carnivals, the Junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (JSSATIS) carnival. The wind was a major factor in every event and everyone truly went one pace beyond with their amazing resilience and character. Everyone did their very best in such trying weather. Jess Smith not only had to battle her opponents in her 800m event but she also had to battle to stay on the track such was the strength of the gusts! They should all be very proud of their performances under those conditions.

Our team then competed last Friday 22 November in the rescheduled Southern Tasmania Catholic Primary Schools Sport Association (STCPSSA) Athletics Carnival – thankfully the weather was perfect! Our Year 5 100m runners took out a clean sweep in both carnivals with a first in their individual 100m races and then in the circular relay! Both Kate Jordan and Fiona Rhodes are always immensely proud of our students and how they conduct themselves at all carnivals and on Friday they did not disappoint. Each competitor should be commended on their conduct and behaviour at both carnivals. Well done all. Sadly, for our Year 6 students it was their final primary inter-school carnival. We will miss them and wish them the very best for their coming Senior School years and beyond.

Fiona Rhodes
Cocurricular and Carnival Coordinator – Junior School

2019 Southern Regional High School Basketball Tournament

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

It was a busy weekend for the four St Mary’s College Senior Basketball Teams playing in the Southern Regional Tournament at Kingborough Sports Centre. 

In the Year 7-8 Division, our teams ended up playing each other in the Semi-Final after finishing 1st and 2nd in their respective pools. It was a very close game with both teams playing some great basketball and keeping the score within four points of each other until the fourth quarter. The St Mary’s 1 team pulled ahead with a couple of quick baskets sealing the win and securing their spot in the Grand Final against old rivals, Sacred Heart College. 

Thanks to great all-round teamwork and some handy defense, our St Mary’s 1 Year 7-8 team claimed the title, beating Sacred Heart College 34-15. Well done to coach Nicole Read and the following players on a great tournament. Best of luck in the state finals on 23 – 24 November in Launceston. 

Our Year 7-8 St Mary’s 2 team, coached by Brett McKay finished fourth overall. Well done to the girls for a great weekend of basketball and representing St Mary’s College with pride! 

In the Year 9-10 Division 1 group, St Mary’s College and Sacred Heart College both finished on three wins and one loss, each heading into the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. After a slow start by both teams, St Mary’s College managed to pull away in the fourth quarter to seal victory over Sacred Heart College, 27 to 18. 

Coach Ashley Banks and the girls will now travel up to Launceston for the State Finals, we wish them best of luck! 

The Year 9-10 Division 2 team coached by Kylie Anderson came up against some tough opposition from Dominic College, MacKillop Catholic College, and Mt Carmel College to end the weekend in fourth position. 

Thank you to the players for the way in which they represented St Mary’s College! Win or lose, we are proud of the sportsmanship, resilience and respect you have shown throughout the tournament. 

Mia Blignaut 
Sports Coordinator – Senior School

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