More than just a leadership day

Written by Stefania Bostock. Posted in News, Timeline

On Friday 13 November, six St Mary’s College students attended the southern Just Leadership Day hosted by St Aloysius Catholic Catholic. 

The day was facilitated by representatives from our Catholic charitable organisations including CARITAS Australia, Vinnies and Catholic Mission.

Students had the opportunity to learn about Catholic Social Teaching, servant leadership and the great work of these agencies who assist those in need in our world.

They also had the chance to start planning practical ways they can support the agencies back at their schools in 2021 through fundraising and awareness-raising events and activities.

A big thank you to the students who participated!

Belle Young
Youth Minister

Student artworks exhibited in annual showcase

Written by Stefania Bostock. Posted in Featured News, Timeline

After much anticipation, artists, friends and families of the St Mary’s College community gathered on Friday 13 November to officially open ‘The Exhibition 2020’.

The event was different to previous years given the COVID-19 guidelines we had to follow, but one thing remained the same – the incredible amount of talent the students have.

On behalf of the College, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our artists who took the risk to show their work. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with our community and inspiring us with your vulnerability.

There were more than 200 pieces of work on exhibition, each representing a vision, a challenge and a desire to connect beyond a superficial level.We are proud of all our artists and encourage you to continue to paint, draw, sculpt, photograph and create as much as you can. Most importantly, please continue to share your imagination with us.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the following students who have achieved excellence in a particular studio area.

Year 9
Excellence in Art – Bethany Creese
Excellence in New Media Art – Caitlin Grimmett

Year 10
Excellence in Art – Molly Topham
Excellence in New Media Art – Estelle Bantick

Each year, works from this exhibition are selected for acquisition by the College, which aim to represent the quality and creative talent by our Senior students. One work by each student will be purchased, framed and displayed in the College.

I would like to congratulate the following Level 3 students as our recipients for 2020:

Art Acquisition – Lara Vincent (Year 11)

Digital Art and Media Acquisition – Maddison Lamb (Year 12)

This year, we also awarded the Inaugural Packing Room Prize (a prize of $50 for the artist) to the best entry in The Exhibition as judged by our non-art trained staff who helped hang the entries. It is a tradition that has been a part of major Australian art exhibitions for decades.

The winner of the Packing Room Prize for 2020 was Maddison Lamb.

I would like to formally acknowledge teachers, Emma Havard, Anna Berger and Rebecca French who have generously provided expertise to help guide students in their pursuit of art practice.

I would also like to thank all staff behind the scenes for their support in ensuring ‘The Exhibition’ was able to be held. The list is an incredibly long one, a testament to who we are as a community. It has been a blessing to work with you on this event, I thank you.

And that’s a wrap!

Sarah Adams
Learning Area Coordinator – Visual Arts

National History Challenge

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Newsletter, Timeline

Five St Mary’s College students have been recognised among the state’s best young historians in the National History Challenge.

We are very proud to announce that Emily Walter was named the winner of the Tasmanian Year 10 category for her project, which examined the Student Resource Centre’s collection of Captain Cook stories for the Junior School.

Fellow students Sarah Thomas (Year 6), Clare Wanandy (Year 6) and Caitlin Marr (Year 10) were selected as Tasmanian finalists for their respective year levels, with Amber Walter (Year 7) chosen as a finalist for the Australian Wartime Experiences special category. 

This year’s theme was ‘Contestability’ and all students worked hard to plan, research and create their own interpretations of their topic.

It’s a huge amount of work in a normal year and even more impressive that many of the students worked on this during online learning.

Sarah and Clare were supported by Junior School Extension Teacher, Jenny Noble. They are very lucky to have her as a mentor and to inspire in them a passion and love of history.

Emily’s video, which assesses the Student Resource Centre’s collection of Captain Cook stories for the Junior School, was recognised with her being selected as the Tasmanian winner for Year 10.

All finalists were presented with their awards at a special ceremony hosted by Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein. Congratulations on your success, girls!

Gillian Goldsworthy
HASS Learning Area Coordinator

Science students scoop up awards

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, Newsletter, Timeline

BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards

Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering competition, the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards recognise and reward the next generation of STEM leaders who have undertaken innovative science or engineering projects.

We are thrilled to announce that the following four students have received state nominations in the Awards for their investigations (which also won gold CREST awards):

Caitlin Marr and Emily Walter (Year 10) for their project on the environmental impact of crack willows in Tasmania.

Eliza Gurney and Adele Harman (Year 10) for their prototype project to alert computer users to poor sitting posture.

Congratulations to all students who entered the Tasmanian Science Talent Search 2020 and received the following prizes:

Themed section

Picture Books – Kinder to Year 2 (Small Group)

First prize: Nina Canning and Amelie Webb (Year 2)

Picture Books – Years 3-4 (Small Group)

First prize: Eliza McCulloch and Annabel Hutchinson (Year 3)

Third prize: Jorgia Eyles and Lucy Breen (Year 4)

Picture Books – Years 3-4 (Individual)

Second prize: Cara Watt (Year 4).

Creative Writing – Years 9-10

First prize: Eve Tsolakidis (Year 10)

Second prize: Emily Walter (Year 10)

Third prize: Caitlin Marr (Year 10)

Photographic Essay – Year 9-10

Merit award: Amelie Cox (Year 10)

Open section – Research, Engineering, Natural Sciences

Research Investigations – Years 7-8 (Small Group)

Second prize: Ada Hauler and Mikayla Penglase (Year 8)

Equal third prize: Isabella Gebka and Maya Westmoreland (Year 8)

Merit award: Ella Edwards, Hannah Nermut-Nichols, Caitlin Wimmer (Year 8), Maggie James, Laura Hanstein and Gertie Frankombe (Year 7)

Research Investigations – Years 7-8 (Individual)

Second prize: Sophia Lumb (Year 7)

Equal third prize: Lillian Scott and Madeleine Ambrose (Year 7)

Merit award: Grace Cox (Year 8)

Research Investigations – Years 9-10 (Small Group)

First prize: Emily Walter and Caitlin Marr (Year 10)

Merit award: Adele Harman and Eliza Gurney (Year 10)

Research Investigations – Year 9-10 (Individuals)

Merit award: Ella M. Scott (Year 10)

*Nb. Some awards in this category are still to be confirmed.

Engineering – Years 9-10 (Small Group)

First prize: Eliza Gurney and Adele Harman (Year 10)

Natural Sciences

First prize: Caitlin Marr and Emily Walter (Year 10)

Special Awards are still to be decided and will be announced once this information is made available.


NAIDOC week: Always Was, Always Will Be

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Newsletter, Timeline

NAIDOC week 2020 ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ takes place from 8-15 November 2020.

What does this phrase mean to you? I am reminded that the First Nations people are the oldest living group of people in Australia. Despite an extensive list of human rights abuses that First Nations people have had to endure and still experience, they are still here to teach us about how to be an Australian. How to care for the land, how to express ourselves creatively, how to respect our Elders and how to tell a story…

Two of our Year 10 students presented to the whole school assembly last week, here are some extracts from their incredible speeches:

What does this phrase really mean on a personal level? Well, for me, it describes my journey of self-discovery and is directly linked to my identity. Growing up, I always knew that I was Aboriginal, but I didn’t have much more than that. I didn’t have solid proof or documentation confirming my Aboriginality, I didn’t know my mob, I didn’t even look Aboriginal. I experienced the world in such a way that my identity as an Aboriginal person was constantly questioned and invalidated.

Now, as I have grown older, I have discovered more about myself and my heritage. I’ve learnt about culture, about Country. I’ve found community and mob. And I know much more than I did as a little kid. So, for me, the phrase ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, describes my journey of self-discovery. There have been times I have questioned myself, and times where I denied my identity because it was easier to ignore my Aboriginality, but that didn’t make me any less Aboriginal. I always was Aboriginal, and I always will be, even as I continue to grow and learn more about myself and my heritage. – Caitlin Marr

It was not until the beginning of this year when I started to feel comfortable with expressing my identity…I have begun to learn the culture of my people, and by doing so I have found a piece of myself which had been lost. – Amelie Cox

Teachers and staff have been invited to participate in the following ways:

  • Visiting the incredible work achieved by the First Nations students in the Meeting Place, with an exhibition open for viewing during NAIDOC week.
  • Having a conversation with someone about the phrase ‘Always Was, Always Will Be- – perhaps you know of someone who has taken the journey to explore their unique Aboriginal family heritage.
  • Teaching a lesson from the SBS Learn NAIDOC Week 2020 eBook and the official website here.
  • Visiting the Student Resource Library and checking out the display and the great range of texts available.


Claire Raward                                                       
First Nations Perspectives Officer         

 Sophie Hogarth
First Nations Learning Coach

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