Year 9 History class visit TMAG

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter

We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the traditional and continuing custodians of this land. We would also like to pay our respect to Elders past and present. 

As a part of our studying of colonisation and the impact this had on the Aboriginal community, Year 9 undertook an excursion to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery right here in Hobart. This excursion focused on how we could view many sources and artifacts directly from the time to allow us to have a better understanding of the land we live on today, whilst taking into account both perspectives to create a bigger picture on the overall impacts and ideologies of both groups.

In the museum, two main exhibitions were explored, Dispossessions and Possessions and Parrawa, Parrawa! Go Away. Dispossessions and Possessions are full of colonial work dating back to the early 1800s. This exhibit included renowned early colonial artists like Benjamin Duterreau, who was known for his portraits of leaders and members in the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community alongside George Augustus Robinson. As well as, John Glover who is more well known for his landscape works which arguably, are seen as less accurate depictions of the Tasmanian landscapes.

Parrawa, Parrawa! Go Away tells the story of both the Aboriginal people and colonists after the invasion with a major focus on the Black War. It features all sorts of different texts and sources, including films and audio clips containing quotations, and also objects from the time, like weapons and machinery. One of the most confronting sources from this exhibition is Governor Arthur’s Proclamation to the Aboriginals, the primary source itself was an idea to create peace and end the Black War. However, future events after the publishing of this source convey that it was used to stop the Aboriginal people from disrupting the production and development of the colony while other ideas were being discussed on how to eradicate them and take them from their homelands. This exposes a huge layer of understanding around the perspective of the colonists and how they viewed the Aboriginal Community.

It was a lucky experience, during this year of 2020, to be able to leave the classroom and go out on an excursion to allow us all to learn more creatively. This excursion enabled the entire cohort to learn about these significant issues relating to the impacts of colonisation and the history of Tasmania, the land we all live on today.

Hannah Korn
Year 9

2021 Back to School Toolkit

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter, Timeline

Get organised for the new school year. 

The 2021 school year is approaching!

All the information you need to for the new school year can be found by following the links below. 

Please be sure to carefully read through the documents provided, as each contains important details.

Bell timetable 

Click on the link below to view and download our 2021 bell timetable for the Junior and Senior Schools.

2021 Bell Times

Term dates

Click on the link below to view and download our 2021 key dates as a printable PDF. 

2021 Key Dates

Book lists

St Mary’s College has partnered with Office National Hobart to make ordering back-to-school stationery and books easy for parents and students.

Click here to view the Back to School Office National letter 2021.

Click here to view the 2021 book lists.

We continue 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 book list, 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, 2021, you must complete your order by Friday 22 January 2021. After this date, every effort will be made by Office National to deliver your order before the start of Term 1, 2020 but this cannot be guaranteed. 

Orders can be placed from Monday 7 December 2020 to Friday 22 January 2021 and paid via Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or ZipPay.

Please note: Orders can take up 15 working days for delivery. Office National are unable to deliver to PO Boxes or Post Offices.

Alternatively, orders can also be completed in person at the Royal Hobart Showground.

Full instructions on the ordering process, order deadlines and delivery requirements are outlined in the letter above. 

ICT (Senior School)

The following information outlines the laptop requirements for all students in the Senior School in 2021 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.

Please see the key details for BYOD laptop enrolment for Senior School students below.

BYOD Laptop Enrolment for Senior School

View the device requirements and latest information for ICT at St Mary’s College here.

Click here to book your BYOD Enrolment session.


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 Guidelines

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
Shop supervisor: Margaret Ilias

Uniform Shop Welcome Flyer

Uniform Shop Trading Hours (including holidays)

Order your uniform items online now accepts online orders.

Fee information

Please read the following letter from Principal, Helen Spencer about school fees in 2021:

Letter to parents and carers 2021 school fees

2021 Fee Schedule

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 2021 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 2021!

The show must go on for Matilda!

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Newsletter

The show must go on!

We are so excited to share the school musical, Matilda will take to the stage in 2021!

After a few months on the backburner, everyone was so happy to restart rehearsals recently. Performances will be in late February 2021. Find out the first cast member reveals in today’s edition of The Fountain newsletter,

Stay tuned for more cast reveals and news on the musical!

Rowing Blessing of the Boats

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Newsletter

It was certainly a very different season for rowers this year and all have stood strong and competed wholeheartedly in the events that did take place. Congratulations to all rowers on a wonderful season and to the following students:

Maddison, Sophie, Hannah and Kate (Year 12), the Open Rowers who received the Golden Oars award. These students have represented the St Mary’s College rowing team for six years. What an amazing rowing legacy!

Eliza, Jessica, Tehya, Cecilia, Felicity, Holly, Cara and Holly (Year 10) who received their Open Rowing badges. Best of luck for the next season of rowing.

The rowing team also celebrated the Blessing and Naming of the Boats on Sunday. Announcements were made for the Captain of Boats, Amelia Roberts and Deputy Gabby Woodhouse. Congratulations to you both!

SSATIS Athletics Carnival results

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

We are so proud of the efforts of all students who participated in the recent SSATIS Athletics Carnival. 

In the SSATIS Pennant Challenge St Mary’s College won the Girls U14’s shield and came second by three points in the Girls U16’s. Well done everyone!

Please see below a summary of the individual Top 3 finishes: 

Girls U14


2nd Emma Grubb 


2nd Cate Clingeleffer

3rd Jessica Smith 

Long Jump

2nd Isobel Grey

3rd Nyah Hall 

Shot Put 

1st Davina Cox

New record set: 12.52m

Old Record 11.85m 

3rd Halle Atkinson 


3rd Venus Wani, Jordana Drew, Isobel Grey and Emma Grubb


Girls U16 


1st Bonnie Bowden


1st Olivia Read

Long Jump

1st Bonnie Bowden

Shot Put 

1st Amelie Cox


1st Lauren Shelton, Ansa Le Grange, Olivia Read and Bonnie Bowden

Girls Open

Shot Put

2nd Caitlin McDonald 

Thank you to Amy Prokopiec and Lucy Eade, the 2020 St Mary’s College Athletics Team Co-Captains who did an amazing job supporting and leading the team and also competing with strength and determination.

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