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

CSIRO Gold CREST success

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Newsletter

Congratulations to three Year 10 students who have been awarded prestigious CSIRO Gold CREST awards for 2019: Luzie Gillard, Jade Hay, and Shreya Karunakara.  

To be eligible for this award, students must complete a project that makes an original contribution to a STEM field of study. Gold CREST Awards deepen the students’ experience of open inquiry, through the undertaking of an investigation or project taking a minimum of 100 hours. Under the supervision of their teacher and a mentor, students define and direct the terms of their inquiry. Gold CREST Awards must be innovative in both: the scope, aim, or design of the inquiry, and in the application of the findings to the real-world. The awards are nationally recognised and only an average of 30 are awarded Australia-wide each year.  13 St Mary’s College students have been awarded Gold CREST awards over the past six years. 

Well done Luzie, Jade and Shreya for your outstanding achievements!

Heather Omant
Science Coordinator


2020 Back to School Toolkit

Written by Shelley Medhurst. Posted in Newsletter

Get organised for the new school year! 

It’s happening fast! The 2020 school year is almost upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about book lists, uniform needs and the like. 

All the information you need to get you ready for next year can be found by following the links below. 

Please be sure to carefully read through the documents provided, as each contains important details that have been updated since the beginning of the school year. 

Bell timetable 

Click on the link below to view and download our 2020 bell timetable for the Junior and Senior Schools.

Term dates

Click on the link below to view and download our 2020 key dates as a printable PDF. 

Book lists

St Mary’s College has again partnered with OfficeMax to make ordering back-to-school stationery and books online easy for parents and students.

Click here to find the 2020 book lists.

We are continuing to strive to be a leader in sustainability and to educate our students about the importance of taking care of Our Common Home. All students are encouraged to reuse stationary items as much as possible rather than purchasing new items at the start of each year. Items such as pens, pencils, notebooks, and folders do not need to be a specific brand and can be reused from a previous year, a sibling or from things you may already have at home. When ordering from the booklist, please consider removing any items which are not essential to purchase. Thank you for your support in helping the St Mary’s community become more sustainable.

Order deadlines and delivery information

To ensure you receive your book and stationery requirements prior to Term 1, 2020, you must complete your order by 31 December 2019. After this date, every effort will be made by OfficeMax to deliver your order before the start of Term 1, 2020 but this cannot be guaranteed. 

Please note that free delivery will only apply to orders made before 8 December 2019. Orders placed on or after 9 December 2019 will incur a delivery fee of $12.95.

Full instructions on the ordering process, order deadlines and delivery requirements are outlined in the book list forms, which you can read by clicking on the links above. 

ICT for 2020

The following information outlines the laptop requirements for all students in the Senior School in 2020 as part of the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) program. Help sessions are available to assist in enrolling laptops into the BYOD platform, installing Office 365 apps and more.


At St Mary’s College it is important for students to wear the correct school uniform and to wear it with pride, as it reflects the spirit and image of the College community. 

Please refer to our uniform guidelines by clicking on the link below. 

Uniform Shop information

The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop is located at the Brisbane Street entrance to the school and is managed by Midford. 

Address: 164 Harrington Street, Hobart 7000
Telephone: (03) 6108 2572
Email: st.marys@midford.com.au
Shop supervisor: Margaret Ilias

Order your uniform items online 

www.midford.com.au now accept online orders.

Fee information

Please read the following letter from Principal, Helen Spencer about school fees in 2020:

Please be advised that credit card and debit card authorities need to be completed at the beginning of every year. These forms, along with the 2020 Fee Statement, can be accessed here

If you have any queries regarding any of the above documents, or if you require further assistance, please contact the College Business Office on (03) 6108 2560.

We wish all families a happy and productive 2020!

Junior School Basketball champions

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

On the weekend of 19-20 October, the Southern Regional Junior School Championships were held at various venues across southern Tasmania. Kate Jordan and I (Fiona Rhodes) had the pleasure of attending and cheering on our girls as they competed against other southern primary schools throughout the weekend. St Mary’s College had three teams competing across the Years 5/6 and Years 3/4 Division 1 and 2 rosters. As you would expect, a considerable amount of time and preparation goes in to these tournaments and I would like to extend a very big thank you to coaches Kylie Anderson (Year 5/6 Division 1), Daniel McKenzie (Year 5/6 Division 2) and Natalie Geard (Year 3/4 Division 1), along with team managers Grant Holloway and Louise McKenzie.

All teams played their hearts out in every game and each student who participated should be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves and how well they represented the College. Daniel McKenzie, who coached the Year 5/6 Division 2 team, summed up his team’s performance perfectly: ‘I think the phrase ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ is a perfect reflection of the way the young lady’s approached the weekend. The way each young lady approached the weekend truly reflected the SMC values of Relationships, Resilience, Respect and Responsibility.’ This team was indeed an absolute pleasure to watch!

The Year 3/4 Division 1 team had a hard draw but never stopped competing, or smiling, once – something that made both Kate and I extremely proud to watch and be associated with. I think the team was pretty chuffed to be cheered on by Mrs Lack on day one too!

The obvious talent and skill of the Year 5/6 Division 1 team was on display in the grand final where they took out the premiership in a very convincing fashion, the win was never in doubt. It should be said that even with such big wins (in all pool games and the grand final) this team played with humility and humbleness and always showed great respect for their opponents. Along with the Year 3/4 team (who finished third), they will contest the state tournament in Launceston on 30 November – 1 December. We wish these teams the very best for that tournament.

As well as thanking the coaches and managers, the role that families play in these tournaments cannot go unmentioned. Thank you to all families for the way they supported our teams throughout the weekend.

Well done to all the students who played in the tournament.

Fiona Rhodes
Junior Sport Coordinator

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