College House

History: When the Presentation Sisters opened their school in early 1868, it was named Mount St Mary’s. This was because the magnificent original Henry Hunter-designed convent sat in an elevated area of Hobart, with sweeping views over the town and harbour.

In 1898, the name of the school was changed to St Mary’s College, but no documentary evidence remains to explain the name change. As the school attracted students from all over Australia and had attained an excellent reputation by the turn of the century, perhaps the Sisters felt that the inclusion of the word College lent it extra panache and attraction to prospective parents.

The name College was chosen for this House as a way of honouring the school and its origins.

Spirit: The members of College House take great pride in their school and in all members of the school community. They take pride in their own educational journey as well as promoting the journey of all their fellow students. They appreciate the historical value of the original listed buildings which are at the heart of the College.

Colour: Red

Value: Aiming high

Motto: The Latin motto on the flag reads MELIORA COGITO, meaning “Strive for the Best”.

Nano Nagle Quote: “If I could be of service in any part of the world, I would gladly do all in my power”

Prayer: Loving God, inspired by the wonderful role models we see around us, we pray that we will always strive for the best in all aspects of our lives, showing real resilience when we acknowledge that our best may be different from someone else’s.  Help us to recognise and celebrate our own abilities, not settling for mediocrity but always reaching out each day to fulfil our potential whatever that may be. Amen.


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St Mary's College is located on the traditional lands of the muwinina people of the South East Nation. We acknowledge and deeply respect the palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present. We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, nipaluna, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and culture.