Every year, former classmates come together to enjoy a class reunion. These usually begin with a 10-year reunion, followed by 20, 30, 40 and 50-year reunions.

If you would like to hold a class reunion or wish to enquire about a forthcoming reunion, you are welcome to please contact the College on  03 6108 2560 or email [email protected].

Upcoming Reunions

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Past Reunions

1973-75 reunion

This wonderful group of women met at the home of Jane (Ackers) Allwright for a shared lunch in early December.  Some of us left school at the end of Year 10 School Certificate in 1973 and others of us left at the end of Higher School Certificate in 1975. Those of us who live in Hobart manage to get together a few times a year to catch up and share news, have a few laughs and reminisce. We also like to meet up when we have our school friends visit from interstate and overseas. This time we were joined by Francesca Brickhill from Queensland and Mary (McCauley) McLennan all the way from Canada. We are blessed that our friendships have remained over so many years!

Pictured, from left, Robyn (Prairie) Ratcliffe, Jane (Ackers) Allwright, Shelley (Wright) McLeod, Gianna (Palmese) Staples, Francesca Brickhill, Sue (Guy) Harington, Louise Hamilton, Annette Reid, Caroline Deeks, Jill (Wright) Morgan, Mary (McCauley) McLennan, Debbie (Howard) Brown, Giulia Corradetti, Andrea (Ward) Maver.

Report by Gianna Staples

40-year reunion (class of 1983)

On the afternoon of Friday 1 December there was much excitement as the Year 12 leavers of ‘83, along with the Year 10 leavers of ’81, joined together for what would be a fabulous weekend of catching up, laughter, reminiscing, storytelling and sharing of memories for our 40-year school reunion. Twenty-five of us, many of whom had not stepped inside the College since the day they departed, gathered for the commencement of the reunion at 5.30pm for a tour of the College by Principal, Damian Messer. After the tour, we gathered for light refreshments on a magnificent Hobart evening, on the convent rooftop, hosted by the College. Following drinks, we headed to Dāna Eating House for dinner.

The following day, the crew gathered again, this time at the home of Jo (nee Neville) and Damian Messer, who generously offered their home to host Saturday lunch. The Messer’s house has unspoiled views of Hobart and the Derwent River and once again we were treated with a stunning day of sunshine. Twenty-three of us gathered for pre-lunch drinks and canapés, consisting of oysters and spinach and ricotta pillows, in the marquee on the deck, before adjourning inside for a sit-down lunch. The chef for the day was Tom Messer, Jo and Damian’s talented son. We also had Anna Green’s daughter, Maggie and her good friend, Maggie helping out as waitresses on the day.

On the menu for main course was a choice between lamb shoulder with apricot sauce or chicken with whisky orange hoisin glaze, both served with fingerling tatters. For sides there was a selection of homemade focaccia with chilli oil and goat’s curd dips, tabbouleh salad and wood grilled calamari salad. For the dessert, guests could choose between pavlova, chocolate mud cake and tiramisu. The day, of course, was not simply about the food but much more about the conversations we didn’t get to have on the Friday evening, or during the past 40 years!

There was a table of memorabilia, with Alma Maters from 1976 and blazers from the three generations of Jo’s family who have attended SMC: her mother, Lynette Lyons (1945), Jo Neville (1983) and daughter Meg Messer (2017). The weekend was such a success and the girls had so much fun. In fact, they already looking forward to the next reunion, which is in the pipeline for five years’ time.

Girls in attendance over the course of the weekend and the state they travelled from to be here were:

Loreto Lickiss (nee Urquhart), Melissa Philp (nee White), Ritsa Koumos, Anna Berger, Cynthia Direen, Shenna Rawlings, Anna Green (nee Calvert), Tess Smyth, Cindy Sun-Ho, Caroline Ross, Michelle White (nee Hall), Louise Netherton (nee Williams), Julie Clark (nee Guppy), Jan Stary, Lyn Dowd, Paula Xiberras, Tanya White, Kathryn Broomhead, Margaret Nelson (nee Broomhead), Theresa Murphy, Sally Garth- Smith, Deb Morgan (nee Shipley), and from Victoria: Sara Nicotera (nee Dalla Fontana), QLD: Clare Tyler (nee Blue), Therese Neal (nee Stacey), Ellie Ekin (nee Goodey) and NSW: Mary Peiffer (nee Powell).

Report by Jo Messer






Class of 1967

The class of 1967 recently enjoyed catching up and reminiscing over their years at SMC. Some of them hadn’t seen each other in 55 years!

The long overdue reunion was a wonderful afternoon for all, with plenty of laughs, nibbles and memories shared between them.


Class of 1963 Reunion

The class of 1963 recently celebrated a small reunion, sharing memories of their time at SMC and catching up with some familiar faces.

L-R: Ilona Bartninkaitis Betts, Penny Brettingham Moore Wadsley, Steph Morgan Dunn and Pam Hanley Clarkin.



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