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Junior School

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The Junior School is a vibrant, close-knit learning community for children from Kinder to Year 6. Staff and parents work in partnership to guide each student to their full potential in an environment based firmly on the Gospel values of tolerance, truth and love.

Our well-balanced, child-centred education takes account of varied learning styles and the diverse backgrounds of our students. The curriculum includes a soundly developed literacy and numeracy program, a wide range of arts and science related activities, and many opportunities for involvement in sporting teams. Specialist subjects include Music, Chinese and Physical Education.

All classrooms in the Junior School have access to computers and printers so that the students can readily use appropriate tools for enhancing the learning process. Students are able to:

  • produce colourful and well-presented pieces of work.
  • use computer-aided learning software to practise skills and reinforce concepts.
  • use the internet and email for global classroom projects, research and the development of higher order thinking skills.

We enjoy sharing and celebrating in whole school activities and gather weekly to do this.

From the little ones in Kindergarten to our senior girls in Year 6, every member of the school community is valued and cared for in an atmosphere built upon mutual respect and the recognition of the worth of the individual.

An Outside of School Hours Care program is available for all Junior School students.

For information about enrolling in our Junior School, please contact the Enrolment Officer by email, or telephone (03) 6108 2560.

Additional information is also available in the Junior School Handbook here.

Newsletter & Publications

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The Fountain

The Fountain is the St Mary’s College e-newsletter, automatically emailed to parents each fortnight.

View previous editions of The Fountain from the list below:


Alumni News

The Alumni News is a newsletter that is sent to St Mary’s College alumni members throughout the year with updates on fellow alumni, the Alma Mater, reunions, upcoming events and more. 

View previous editions of The Alumni News from the list below:



Alma Mater

The Alma Mater is our yearly publication. Download as a PDF here.

Alma Mater 2020

Alma Mater 2019









Alma Mater 2018









What is a QR Code?

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Our QR Code:

Scan our QR code with your smartphone to visit our site and bookmark us.

What is a QR code? 

A QR (Quick Response) Code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional (matrix) barcodes. 

More recently, the system has become very popular outside the automotive industry (for which it was originally designed) due to its high speed readability and large storage capacity compared with the old barcodes (which were designed to be mechanically scanned by a narrow beam of light).  The QR code is detected as a 2-dimensional digital image by an image sensor, which converts an optical image into an electrical signal, and is then digitally analyzed by a programmed processor.   

It is being more commonly used now on printed matter like in magazines, on signs, on buses, business cards and websites, storing mainly contact details and website addresses.


Download a QR reader for your smartphone here:

Simply download one of the many QR apps onto your smartphone (see link below).  

Then scan our QR code with your smartphone to visit our site and bookmark us.



Mission & Philosophy

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Operating within the Presentation charism, our vision is that St Mary’s College offers a dynamic environment in which young people are able to fulfil their spiritual, academic and personal potential.



In a world of constant change, we the community strive to live the teachings of Jesus Christ within the Tradition of the Catholic Church, developing just and compassionate people who are resilient, responsible and informed, and ready to commit to society.

Values and beliefs

St Mary's Cathedral interiorAt St Mary’s College we commit ourselves to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.

  • We strive to provide a sound Catholic education for our students, to enable and empower them to take their places in society with pride and dignity.
  • We promote and develop the full potential and integrity of each individual in our community, respecting and celebrating individual differences.
  • We seek to continue the Presentation Charism of hearing the cry of those made poor, and then cry of the Earth, as exemplified in the life of Nano Nagle.
  • We provide strong role models who attempt to demonstrate leadership in applying Christian values to contemporary issues in education, care of the environment and social issues.
  • We welcome the participation of parents in the planning and development of their children’s education.

A special dimension

The life of Jesus Christ, Gospel values and sound Christian principles, underpinned by Catholic doctrine, provide the structure and the special dimension which sets St Mary’s College apart.

The founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle was the forerunner of a band of strong women of faith whose particular ethos and charism guide our school today. An explicit Christian ethos guides our every action and nurtures our every child towards a balance between her life and all creation.

We take every opportunity to gather together as a whole school and to celebrate our faith as a community – all students taking a prominent role in these celebrations at some stage in their life at St Mary’s College.

Education is presently at the centre of huge changes in the world of our children: every day, in every way, they are confronted by constant shifts and changes in technology, socialisation, globalisation and learning theory.

This is all the more reason for the Catholic school to maintain its identity and integrity as a place where values and goals do not shift, because the promotion of the human person is its overarching goal.

Presentation values

  1. Relationships
  2. Resilience
  3. Respect
  4. Responsibility

Pastoral care

Heart-for-Refugee-WeekAt St Mary’s we believe that the basis of a good school is good pastoral care, and we take this aspect of education very seriously. The Head of Pastoral Care and the House Coordinators, working with committed teams of Homeroom teachers, are pivotal to the health and happiness of the student body. We acknowledge that learning only takes place in an environment where the learner feels comfortable, so helping students to achieve an optimum degree of comfort in school is a priority.

Another important goal is the idea of connectedness. We encourage the idea of working closely with parents as partners in their daughter’s education, and as we care for our students, we offer support to their parents.

We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures to make sure that we are providing the best possible learning environment, and believe that we are giving our students opportunities to grow in confidence.

We also believe that a large helping of fun is important, and we aim to give students the chance to enjoy themselves. Now that’s a revolutionary thought!

Archbishop’s charter

The Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools is used to guide everybody involved with Catholic schools and colleges, and will offer reassurance to parents of students attending our Catholic schools and colleges.

It draws inspiration from the philosophy and vision expressed in the Catholic Education Tasmania Commission’s “Vision and Mission Statement”. The Commission acknowledges Catholic schools as communities of faith; Learning for life.

Click here to view the most recent Archbishop’s Charter at the Catholic Education Tasmania website.

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