• Entries open for Tasmanian Science Talent Search

    The 2020 Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS) is up and running for Term 2 and beyond! This year’s theme is ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’. To give learners and their families access to opportunities for science investigations and scientific literacy, the TSTS is available to families supporting learning at home or […]

  • Parent and Carer COVID-19 email communication

    Please find below a record of all recent communications sent to parents and carers via email regarding COVID-19. Some communication has also been provided in The Fountain newsletter and on Facebook. Please use these as a reference guide. 25 May 2020: From the Principal: Letter from Minister to Year 11 and 12 students 22 May […]

  • Supporting children during the COVID-19 outbreak

    Adapting to a new reality with your children Parents and carers may find the following resources helpful in supporting their children who may be feeling anxious and/or stressed due to the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.  We answer kids’ questions! with the ABC Listen app 10 Tips for Managing Anxiety during COVID-19 Talking to Teens about […]

  • Bus timetable information

    For students needing to travel on the bus from the start of Term 2, Metro-operated ‘school day only’ general access services and Metro’s urban school bus services will operate from Monday 27 April 2020. All timetabled public bus services marked as S – operates on school days only will operate to the normal term weekday route and […]

  • Remembering the importance of self-care

    If you haven’t had a chance to flick through this fortnight’s edition of The Fountain newsletter, why not fix yourself a hot cuppa and take a moment to read through our Counsellors’ latest article, included below.  To follow our Counsellors’ Blog, please visit the following link on our website: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/counsellors-blog/ We have all been bombarded with […]

  • Exploring world of mask theatre

    Year 9 students have recently been exploring the world of mask in theatre, looking at traditional Commedia Dell’Arte masks, Basel masks and contemporary full-face character masks.  Students have enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with character with a focus on non-verbal physicalisation.     

  • Performing Arts announcements

    It’s a hive of activity in the St Mary’s College Performing Arts Department with Music and Drama students busily rehearsing for upcoming performances.  The following students are to be commended on their first live music performance at the College’s Families Welcome Evening on 19 February: Cecilia Hutchinson (Year 10) Eliza Smith (Year 10) Ava Thomsett […]

  • Students mark start of Lenten season

    On Wednesday 26 February the College gathered as part of God’s family for Ash Wednesday Liturgies to mark the beginning of the Lenten journey and to reflect and pray together.  The sign of the cross was marked in blessed ashes on our foreheads as we learnt about the meaning of Lent. We also spoke about […]

  • Announcement of 2020 student leadership

    We are delighted to share our St Mary’s College Prefects for 2020.  The group will be led by Head Prefect, Amy Prokopiec and Deputy Head Prefects, Lucy Eade and Hannah O’Connell.                       Congratulations to our Prefects for 2020: Amy Prokopiec – Head Prefect) Hannah O’Connell (Deputy) […]

  • Advice to parents: novel coronavirus

    We hold the safety of students and staff with the utmost importance and would like to provide you with additional details about novel coronavirus. For information about the novel coronavirus provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, please read here. While we do not wish to disrupt families or cause unnecessary alarm, the College will adopt a […]

  • Jane Sutcliffe joins SMC Counselling team

    Welcome to the 2020 school year. St Mary’s College is excited to introduce and warmly welcome our new Year 7–12 Counsellor, Jane Sutcliffe, pictured, who will be working on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Jane comes to us with a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and a Master of (Clinical) Psychology, University of Tasmania. Role […]

  • Families welcome event, 19 February

    Save the date for a social evening to warmly welcome new families to the St Mary’s College community on Wednesday 19 February on the College Green. This event is a wonderful opportunity for new and existing families of the College to meet and mingle with one another and make some new friends. Please refer to […]

  • St Mary’s College students make the top 100

    Congratulations to Year 12 graduates Eloise Clark, Chloe Cooper, Eloise Deconinck and Saakshi Dhakal who achieved a Tertiary Entrance Score in the top 100 in Tasmania. We are very proud of our students who completed their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and these young women have achieved exceptional results. We wish all our graduates every […]

  • Joly Karabite gets shipshape for big sea adventure

    Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets in our recent College fundraiser to provide Christmas hamper donations and support student, Joly Karabite (Year 11) in the Windeward Bound Trust Youth Leadership Challenge. The fundraiser has supplied Joly with the required equipment to help undertake her journey, departing today, Wednesday 11 December. Along with the […]

  • Kindness at Christmas

    St Mary’s College Junior School was honoured to be invited to prepare the Christmas decorations for this year’s Henry Jones Art Hotel Christmas Tree. As part of their Christmas program, Henry Jones Art Hotel gifted St Mary’s College with $1,000 to donate to the charities of their choice. The students selected the Catholic Care Family […]

  • 2019 State Basketball Tournament Junior Teams results

    The St Mary’s College Year 3-4 and Year 6 Basketball teams put in a wonderful effort at the State Basketball Competition. Although the Year 3-4 team didn’t win a game, they continued to improve and kept smiling the entire time. Our Year 6 team should be very proud of their commitment to the game. They […]

  • Pop-Up Open Day

    Limited places are available in 2020. Prospective families are warmly invited to attend the St Mary’s College Pop-Up Open Day on Friday 6 December from 9.30am – 11.30am.

  • 2019 State Basketball Tournament results

    The St Mary’s College Senior School Basketball Teams had a brilliant weekend in Launceston at the State Basketball Tournament. The Year 7-8 team qualified for the final but just couldn’t get a win over a very strong St Brendan-Shaw College outfit who boasted a number of State representatives. In the Year 9-10 Girls Division, St […]

  • BRAINways Quest competition success

    Congratulations to Madeleine Ambrose (Year 6), Clare Wanandy (Year 5) and Jasmine Williams (Year 4) came first overall, first in Science and Humanities and second in Maths at the BRAINways Quest competition held at the University of Tasmania on Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 November. One of the most anticipated academic competition across continents, the […]

  • 2019 Art Awards

    A wonderful evening was had by all at the Student Art Exhibition on Friday 15 November. Thank you to everyone in the College community who attended the night to admire and celebrate the amazing works of Years 9 – 12 students this year. The exhibition was a resounding success with lots of interesting discussions about […]

  • CSIRO Gold CREST success

    Congratulations to three Year 10 students who have been awarded prestigious CSIRO Gold CREST awards for 2019: Luzie Gillard, Jade Hay, and Shreya Karunakara.   To be eligible for this award, students must complete a project that makes an original contribution to a STEM field of study. Gold CREST Awards deepen the students’ experience of open […]

  • Celebrating the final week for Year 12

    What a wonderful final week it was for our Year 12s. There were many embraces and teary eyes as they walked through the student guard of honour in the tradition of Belling Out. Congratulations to our Year 12s on their amazing St Mary’s College journeys, we wish each student all the best for the future […]

  • New canteen menu and operation

    St Mary’s College has welcomed Canteen Manager, Phil Shanny to the College who will be providing healthy, delicious and nutritious food – all made onsite with sustainable packaging, free-range eggs and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to a regular menu, the canteen will also be offering daily specials. Please check out the new canteen menu […]

  • Students win big at Science Awards

    Congratulations to our students who participated in the Science and Engineering Investigation Awards, held at the University of Tasmania. Thirty-five of our students in Years 6-11 attended the Awards Presentation on Wednesday 18 September, winning 20 prizes. The details are below.  This is a remarkable achievement on the part of all of the students.  Their […]

  • Vinnies Quiz Night

    On Friday 20 September the school community gathered at our inter-school quiz night, raising funds for St Vincent de Paul. Thank you to our generous donors: Your Success Coach (Linda Manaena) Flora Gondwana Mana Yoga and Pilates Studio Yellow Bernard Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers Whimsy Florist Hill Street John Jarvela Photographer Straight Up State Cinema Woolworths […]

  • Scholarship scoop ‘out of this world’

    Saakshi Dhakal credits St Mary’s College’s sense of community after receiving four scholarships to Australian National University (ANU). The Year 12 student said she chose to continue at the College for her final years of Senior School because ‘St Mary’s is like a second home’. ‘From all the events I’ve been involved in – from […]

  • College in full bloom

    The sandstone façade of St Mary’s College’s Convent building has been bathed in yellow by a digital projection to mark Cancer Council Tasmania’s Daffodil Day. This projection, which displays daffodils swaying across the building, is the second artwork since the introduction of the technology late last year. Cancer Council Tasmanian CEO Penny Egan paid tribute […]

  • On Country – an all-women’s Aboriginal experience

    Our First Nations peoples have lived and thrived on the land of Australia for thousands of generations, passing down traditional practices, words, knowledge and culture for tens of thousands of years. With the colonisation of Australia, some of this knowledge and skill has been lost to time, but some has survived to the present day, […]

  • P&F Father’s Day Breakfast

    We’ll see you at 7.30am on Wednesday 28 August for the P&F’s Father’s Day Breakfast and the drawing of the Trailer Raffle.

  • Students go Heywire for storytelling

    Senior School students got a look-in to life as a journalist and learnt a little more about regional storytelling with a visit from Landline journalist Margot Kelly. We’re looking forward to reading, watching and listening to students’ stories as they get ready to submit them to ABC’s Heywire competition. 

  • P&F Father’s Day Trailer Raffle

    The P&F’s major fundraiser for the year will be the Trailer Raffle, drawn at the Father’s Day Breakfast (Wednesday 28 August).  Students are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable grocery items. To ensure a broad range of grocery items, we ask that donations are made according to the guide below: Kinder – Year […]

  • Plastic Free July: Wrap Up

    There has been a lot of wide-spread debate over single-use plastics for a while. Now that Plastic Free July is over, it could be the perfect opportunity to continue reducing your use of single-use plastics. Plastic Free July is an initiative that began in 2011 Western Australia, with the aim of encouraging people to ditch […]

  • $20 Boss wrap-up

    On the Thursday the 20 of June, the Year 9 Business Studies class ran six different businesses in small groups as part of the $20 Boss Program. We sold hot chips, pancakes, cake, sausages, a zorb ball experience and smoothies. These businesses raised money towards Rare Cancers Australia, making a total of $573.45 between them […]

  • Book now for Year 7 College tours

            St Mary’s College welcomes new families interested in a Year 7 enrolment to attend a tour on the following dates. Please email enrol@smc.tas.edu.au to reserve your tour place. Wednesday 26 June 9.40am 11.00am 1.40pm Wednesday 3 July  9.40am 11.00am 1.40pm If these times do not suit you, Enrolment Officer, Fiona Medwin, […]

  • Year 9 elective students get a taste of business

    Year 9 Business Studies students will operate six stalls on the College Green on Thursday 20 June at recess and lunch (smoothie sales also available before school). Students have been busily preparing for the $20 Boss program during Term 2. This program has been funded by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and gives each […]

  • Returning or buying your Entertainment! book

    Your 2018 – 2019 Entertainment! book has now expired! Please also return any remanding Entertainment! books, that were sent home in April, to Student Services as soon as possible. If you would like to purchase a book, but haven’t yet received one, please do so from here. Your 2018-19 Entertainment! book expired on 1 June.

  • College championing the spirit of diversity

    There was a pop of orange at St Mary’s College recently as students joined their hearts and hands together for the school’s annual Harmony Day celebrations. With more than 10 per cent of Tasmanian residents born outside Australia, event organiser Nicky Wakefield said it was important for students to recognise, and celebrate, the benefits of […]

  • Green team introduces Nude Food Fridays

    The St Mary’s College Green Team is pleased to announce that from now, every Friday is a Nude Food Friday. Using too much plastic kills animals and hurts our environment, so every little bit we can do will help. By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. […]

  • Expression of interest for Board Members

    Expressions of Interest for the position of Board Member are now being invited. Overall the Board plays an important role in providing sound governance to the College and supporting the Principal through providing strategic advice with respect to: Ensuring the school’s vision guides all areas of school life. Supporting the development of the Catholic identity, […]

  • Election information from the TCEO

    If you are interested in how factors in the upcoming Federal election can impact Catholic education in Tasmania specifically, please feel free to read the below information supplied by the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.  

  • College takes a healing approach

    St Mary’s College secondary students are preparing themselves for life beyond the classroom by undertaking a range of innovative and collaborative Vocation and Education Training (VET) courses that cater for each student’s needs and abilities. For Year 12 student Nancy Bidiongo, who is completing her Certificate III in Individual Support, The District Nurses’ practice has […]

  • ‘Justice for All’ at UN Youth State Conference

    Isabella Cox (Year 10), Emily Keane (Year 10) and Saakshi Dhakal (Year 12) attended the UN Youth State Conference earlier this month, with the theme of ‘Justice For All’. They each researched their chosen country and debated a range of global issues. We are very proud of them for signing up for such a valuable […]

  • Grandparents Day – April 10, 2019

    On Wednesday 10 April we are hosting our annual Grandparents Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to share a variety of activities in a modern 2019 classroom. It is also an opportunity for our visitors (grandparents, special friends and other relatives) to reminisce about their own experiences at school with both our […]

  • Welcome Evening March 26

    We welcome new families for 2019 to the St Mary’s College community. Please RSVP by March 21 to kpelham@smc.tas.edu.au.

  • Students benefit from P&F’s additions

    Welcoming 2019 with P&F improvements Your P&F would like to welcome you to a new school year! New meeting dates have been added, so please have a look below, as we would love to see some new faces. To start the new year, we wanted to share with you where our fundraising dollars have gone […]

  • Student combats weighty issue

    Student’s invention takes weight of kids’ shoulders. With the new school year now back in full swing, St Mary’s College students could soon be carrying a lighter load thanks to the invention of a Year 11 student whose device ensures backpacks’ weight meet safety guidelines. Lucy Eade said seeing students struggle with heavy backpacks inspired […]

  • Sustainability Fair tackles growing waste issue

    St Mary’s College will be celebrating our beautiful earth on Thursday 6 December when we hold our biennial Sustainability Fair. Students from Kinder to Year 9 will participate in workshops, specially designed around educating students on the environmental issues facing our planet, and how small changes can make a difference. The fair is organised by […]

  • Contemporary art lights up historic College

    Five Year 11 students have collaborated with renowned Tasmanian artist Cary Littleford to create a digital artwork that will be projected onto the College’s façade for the next two weeks as the final event celebrating the College’s 150th anniversary year. The instalment will coincide with the launch of the College’s Senior Art Show, which Mr […]

  • College Alumni enjoy reunion atmosphere at annual AGM

    The stormy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of our effervescent alumni as they were out in full force on Saturday 3 November for their annual mass, reunion and AGM. Bubbles were flowing as the group recapped the year’s success, shared stories and rang the school bell in honour of our 150th anniversary. The event also […]

  • Marching for girls’ education

    On Saturday 3 November the College’s Justice Action Network rallied together again to make a change. This time it was to raise awareness for equal and fair access for all girls to education. Students marched from Franklin Square to Parliament Lawns holding banners. Once arriving at Parliament Lawns, we joined with students from Mackillop College, […]

  • Year 5 Waratah gets behind oral recycling program

    Hobart Family Dental is a family owned dental business that provides for people of all ages. They have recently started a new ‘Oral Recycling’ program that provides Hobart with an opportunity to recycle dental products such as toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps and other packaging. Schools all around Hobart have been asked to […]

  • Change to Redline Bus timetable

    Please note…  The Redline schoolbus that normally leaves Hobart for Sorell/Dodges Ferry at 3.30pm will now depart at 3.25pm sharp for the remainder of the year, effective as of Tuesday 13 November. To keep up-to-date with specific bus routes, we recommend that you view the Redline Coaches website at the following link: http://www.redlinecoaches.com.au/index.php/student-services/

  • Remembrance Day – students honour the spirit of our fallen soldiers

    The College’s Junior School students celebrated Remembrance Day (November 11) this morning with a Liturgy in the Cathedral led by Year 6 Banksia. To commemorate the occasion, each class created a poppy wreath as a symbol of remembrance for all Australians who have died as a result of war.  Universally known as the ‘flower of […]

  • St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition Opening Night

    Please join us at the College for a special viewing of the outstanding artwork that our Year 9-12 students have produced this year. The opening night of the 2018 St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday 15 November from 6.00-7.30pm in the Senior School Common Room (Mary Morgan Wing, level 2). […]

  • SMC combatting the War on Waste

    SMC is continuing its ‘War on Waste’ by phasing out single-use whiteboard markers. Our old disposable markers will be replaced with refillable AusPen markers which feature metal casings, lids made from recyclable post-consumer plastic from discarded ink jet cartridges and ink that is xylene free. They also come with replaceable nibs and inserts to cater […]

  • Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge award recipients

    Congratulations to the following Year 3-12 students who received awards in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which was held at the College last month. Junior School  Distinction Year 3-4 Ava Baker Meg Brewer Laine Debnam Jade Frais Izabella Jankowiak Charlotte Poulson Billie Salter Sarah Thomas Leni Vagg Year 5-6 Madeleine Ambrose Lili Castellana Amelia Dickman […]

  • SMC Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting

    Mark your diaries! The St Mary’s College Alumni Association will be holding its Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 3 November. Mass in the St Mary’s Cathedral will commence at 12.00pm followed by afternoon tea ($20) – including bubbles – and the AGM from 2.30pm at the College. The meeting is a […]

  • SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club Cocktail Party – tickets still available

    All current and past supporters of the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club are warmly invited to attend the club’s second annual cocktail party, which will be held this Saturday 20 October from 7.00pm at the New Town Bay Rowing Centre. It’s set to be a fantastic night out, with highlights to include live entertainment by the Janelle […]

  • 150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar – the countdown is on!

    Excitement is mounting at St Mary’s College with just four days to go until our Grand Bazaar makes its long-awaited debut on Sunday 21 October. The Parents and Friends Association is working tirelessly around the clock to put the finishing touches on the jam-packed program, which will run from 11.00am-2.00pm on the College Green (‘top […]

  • Junior School mural in the making

    Local artist Tom O’Hern has created a bit of a stir at the College this week.  The reason? He has started work on a mural in the Junior School line-up area, which will be completed during the school term. Inspired by the names of our Junior School classes, the painting will feature native Australian flora […]

  • Celebrating Mental Health Week

    St Mary’s College is celebrating Mental Health Week (October 7-13) during the school holidays.  To promote the value of mental health and wellbeing in our school community, we are encouraging SMC staff and students to share photos that show how they are choosing to unwind during the school break, using the hashtag #smconabreak.  From relaxing […]

  • Grand Bazaar donation day

    The latest news on the 150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar! Sunday 21 October, 11.00am-2.00pm Trailer raffle On Friday 28 September, your son or daughter will bring home a raffle book to sell, with the prize being a trailer full of groceries. Tickets are $2 each and there are 20 tickets in the book. Monday 15 October […]

  • SMC 2018 China Trip

    We wish our Language students, and their teachers Shelley Macleod, Alison Lowe and Jacqueline Conboy, safe travels as they set off for Fuzhou, China this morning. Have a wonderful time and enjoy your trip. See you all in two weeks’ time!   

  • College’s great minds take out state title

    A team of St Mary’s College Senior School students are state champions following an outstanding Tournament of Minds (TOM) showing at Ogilvie High School on the weekend. Students, Shreya Karunakara (Year 9), Estella Edwards (Year 7), Stefani Khoo (Year 7), Isabella Cox (Year 9), Emily Walter (Year 8), Natalie De Cesare (Year 9) and Alyssa […]

  • Students band together to show support for Aussie kids

    SMC’s Year 9B Religion students have banded together to demonstrate their support for the protection of children. Friday 7 September was White Balloon Day, the annual fund and awareness-raising campaign for Bravehearts, an organisation dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse. The campaign, which is now in its 22nd year, uses the white balloon as a […]

  • Youth gain valuable road safety knowledge

    While they may not yet have their driver’s licence, our Year 10 cohort has already gained some valuable knowledge and skills that will hopefully help them stay safe on the road. The students recently attended a RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) Road Safety excursion hosted by Rotary Tasmania and Tasmania Police. The day consisted of […]

  • NAPLAN Online – trial of the new assessment platform

    You may have heard that NAPLAN Online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2018. Tasmanian schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019. NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Our school will trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be […]

  • STEM professionals welcomed into the classroom for National Science Week

    Students at St Mary’s College joined more than 350 schools across Australia in welcoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals into their classroom recently as they kicked-off National Science Week celebrations.  Facilitated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, the STEM in Schools event aims to make STEM careers more visible and relatable by inviting […]

  • SMC teachers recognised for exemplary leadership

    The College wishes to congratulate two members of its dedicated teaching staff.  SMC Junior School teachers, Mark Stewart and Mellina Scavone have both received an ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) 2018 Tas Early Career Teacher Leadership Award.  Mark and Mellina, who teach Year 6 and Year 5 respectively, were among only four Tasmanians to […]

  • Save the date: Grand Bazaar – Sunday 21 October

    Save the date! Our ‘Grand Bazaar’ school fair will be taking place on Sunday 21 October, and it’s set to be an action-packed, fun-filled day for the whole family. Our P&F has many exciting ideas in the pipeline, but there is a lot of planning needed in order to make the event a ‘grand’ success. […]

  • St Mary’s College has the recipe for success

    Two of SMC’s rising culinary stars have added another notch to their belt after taking home gold at the Australian Culinary Federation Tasmania Junior Challenge.  Year 10 VET Hospitality students, Emma Hannon and Caroline Wilson were named the overall winners of the competition, which was held at Guilford Young College yesterday (July 3, 2018).  Teams […]

  • 2018 Melbourne Art Trip

    On Thursday 7 June, 24 of our Year 10, 11 and 12 Art students, accompanied by teachers Jessica Lewis, Anna Berger and Debbie Claridge, travelled to Melbourne for the annual three-day art trip. View more photos on our online gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Melbourne-Art-Trip Upon arrival, the group made a beeline for the Heide Museum of Modern Art […]

  • Students gather for Justice Action Network workshop

    Seven young women from St Mary’s College yesterday gathered with students from schools across Hobart for the 2018 Justice Action Network workshop on girls’ education. Participants had the privilege of hearing from two prominent guest speakers: activist, former Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Greens Party, Christine Milne (who is also an SMC Alumna); […]

  • Australian Mathematics Competition 2018

    St Mary’s College Junior and Senior School students are being encouraged to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).  Suitable for students of all standards, the competition challenges participants to solve 30 problems in just 60-minutes (Year 3-6) or 75 minutes (Year 7-12). Designed to test mathematical thinking, the problems can be answered just as […]

  • Can you provide any winter woollies?

    With winter now upon us, the St Vincent de Paul Society of Tasmania is desperately seeking donations that will help families in need beat the cold. If you have any spare blankets or old coats, jumpers, beanies, socks and scarves in your wardrobe, please consider donating them to the College on Friday 8 June (Junior […]

  • Science and Engineering Challenge inspires young minds

    By Shakira Bone (Year 9) On Friday 25 May, students in Year 9 and 10 from our College participated in the UTAS Science and Engineering Challenge. In teams of four, we competed in numerous events testing our science and engineering skills. Some students competed in two half-day activities, while others took part in one full […]

  • St Mary’s College to perform Steel Magnolias – June 14-15, 2018

    Audience members will be transported to northwest Louisiana in the 1980s when SMC’s Year 11/12 Drama 3 students present their upcoming production, Steel Magnolias. Based on the stage play by American writer, Robert Harling, the heart-warming comedy-drama explores the bond shared between six southern women – with a penchant for gossip and big hair – […]

  • SMC to ‘go green’ for World Environment Day

    With World Environment Day just around the corner (Tuesday 5 June 2018), the College’s Senior School is putting out a challenge to students: Can you go an entire day without producing any rubbish? This may sound like a simple task, but most of us visit a bin multiple times a day.  On Monday 4 June, […]

  • Students earn top spots in international coding competition

    St Mary’s College students achieved high scores in Grok Learning’s Web.Comp 2018, a coding competition which teaches new coders from around the world how to design their own websites. Students competed for five weeks alongside more than 6,000 students from across Australia and the world, using code to design websites of increasing sophistication and complexity. […]

  • Congratulations to our 2018 Confirmation recipients

    Congratulations to all our students on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday (May 20, 2018).  The girls and boys were presented with their certificates and a pin in recognition of this important milestone at a special Liturgy in the Cathedral attended by their families and peers this morning. Thank you to our Religious Education […]

  • Support St Mary’s College – order your 2018/2019 Entertainment Book

    Order the 2018/2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of great value offers for everything you love to do. Better yet, you will also be supporting the SMC Parents and Friends Association! With last year’s memberships expiring on June 1, 2018, now is the perfect time to purchase your new […]

  • Facebook forum on Year 11/12 (2019) subject selection

    Do you have any questions relating to course selection for Year 11 and 12 in 2019?  If so, our Principal, Helen Spencer, and Director of Curriculum, Wendy Forsyth, will be online on Facebook to answer your queries on Monday 28 May 2018 from 5.00-6.00pm. In Year 11 and 12, students are offered a full range […]

  • A special day to honour our mothers and grandmothers

    On Wednesday 9 May we celebrated the love, compassion and dedication of our wonderful mums. From 7.30am that morning, our leading ladies were treated to a breakfast feast provided by our generous and hard-working SMC dads. Thank you to the P&F Association for organising such a wonderful event for our school community. Our Kindergarten boys […]

  • Satisfaction Survey – we want to hear from you!

    As part of always striving to go ‘One Pace Beyond’ as a College community, it is important that we are never satisfied with the status quo. From time to time, we seek to survey parents, students and staff in order to celebrate the things we do well as a College and to identify areas for […]

  • Let’s create some Time and Space

    After four years of rave reviews, St Mary’s College is delighted to once again offer the Time and Space program, facilitated by Bill Jennings.  Bill is the creator and founder of ‘Time and Space‘, a service he has developed to give people just that – time and space for parents and their children to share […]

  • St Mary’s College CLOSED today due to inclement weather

    Please be advised that St Mary’s College will be CLOSED today for all students due to the extreme weather conditions. The decision to close the school is made with the safety of students, teachers and community members the highest priority. We ask that all families stay safe and dry indoors. Those parents who send their […]

  • Changes to Metro services commencing 13 May, 2018

    Metro Tasmania will be making a series of alterations to its Hobart bus services from Sunday 13 May 2018. These alterations will affect a number of departure points in Hobart City – Northern Suburb Services and Hobart City – Eastern Shore Services.  Please refer to the letter linked below for more details about these changes:  […]

  • 150th Anniversary Mass and historic walking tours

    All families of the College are warmly invited to join us for Mass on Saturday 12 May 2018 in celebration of our 150th Anniversary. Mass will commence at 3.30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, located at the corner of Patrick and Harrington streets. Prior to Mass, we will be holding historical walking tours of the College, […]

  • Senior Athletics Carnival cancelled

    Take note: Due to the predicted inclement weather, a decision has been made to cancel the Senior Athletics Carnival scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday 10 May 2018).  With a maximum temperature of 12 degrees and 10-35mls of rain expected, it is in the best interest of our students’ safety, wellbeing and comfort to call off the […]

  • Join us for our Mother’s Day Breakfast

    The St Mary’s College Parents and Friends (P&F) Association will be holding its inaugural Mother’s Day Breakfast on Wednesday 9 May 2018 on the College Green (‘top ground’). All mothers, daughters and sons of the College are warmly invited to join us from 7.30am for a relaxed morning of socialising and feasting, with freshly brewed […]

  • An evening with Peggy Orenstein

    The St Mary’s College community is warmly invited to attend an upcoming presentation from internationally renowned journalist, author and TED speaker, Peggy Orenstein. Peggy is the writer of the New York Times bestsellers, ‘Girls and Sex’, ‘Cinderella Ate My Daughter’, ‘Waiting for Daisy’, ‘Flux’ and ‘Schoolgirls’. She is also an active journalist for the New […]

  • Take note: SMC Senior Athletics Carnival rescheduled

    Families are reminded that the St Mary’s College Senior Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 10 May 2018.  The carnival, originally scheduled for Thursday 12 April, was postponed due to inclement weather, which would have resulted in a very slippery and unsafe playing environment. We are looking forward to a great day of competition […]

  • Debating season underway

    The debating season is underway at St Mary’s College, with some enthusiastic debating teams from Year 7-10 participating in this year’s competition. Newcomers to the world of debating, our Year 7 team started the season off with a win against Taroona High School. The other teams also celebrated victories in their second round. Congratulations, girls! […]

  • 150th anniversary merchandise

    Commemorate our 150th anniversary with an Esther Shohet or Peter Barraclough artwork, cheeseboard, coasters or greeting card. Local artist Esther Shohet has created an original piece to showcase Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s College. Amongst the historic buildings and many facilities you can see students at play and a nod to the Presentation Sisters […]

  • SMC goes green to honour Irish heritage

    St Mary’s College was bathed in a sea of green on Saturday 17 March as we celebrated 150 years of our Irish beginnings with a community ‘fun day’. Past and present students, teachers and parents took part in the festivities, which centred on a program of Irish music and dancing, colonial dress-ups and old-fashioned games […]

  • Entertainment Books for sale – support our P&F

    The SMC Parents and Friends Association is running the popular Entertainment Book fundraiser again this year. An Entertainment Book will be sent home with the youngest child in each family on Friday 4 May 2018 for you to consider, or you can order your book online via the following link: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/24s0131,  or in person at College Reception.  Pre-purchased orders will […]

  • Easter ‘bun-raiser’ a sweet success

    A big thank you to all our families who supported us with the Cripps hot cross bun drive. With your help, we raised almost $750 for Project Compassion, the Lenten fundraising campaign by Caritas Australia.   A further $900 was raised through the College’s Harmony Day activities, which will also go to Project Compassion, bringing […]

  • Recognising excellence in Catholic education

    Four members of the St Mary’s College community have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to Catholic education at the 2018 Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission Award Presentations ceremony, held recently at Guilford Young College​. The College wishes to congratulate the following award recipients: Sr Gabrielle Morgan PBVM, Congregational Leader of the Presentation Sisters in Tasmania […]

  • Preparations underway for SMC’s 2018 musical

    St Mary’s College is thrilled to announce that this year the Senior School will be performing Beauty and the Beast as its biennial musical production. Teachers Leah Smith and Scott Weston, together with our choreographer and St Mary’s College alumni, Georgina Taskunas, held auditions in weeks 3 and 4 at both St Mary’s College and St […]

  • SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY parent information session

    St Mary’s College parents and carers are invited to attend a free facilitated information evening presented by Mitch McPherson, founder of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, at the College on Monday 9 April (6.00pm for a 6.30pm start). This one-hour session will address basic mental health information, risk factors and warning signs of suicide, lived experiences of bereavement by […]

  • When great minds unite

    On Tuesday 13 March, St Mary’s College welcomed approximately 100 high ability students from southern Tasmanian Catholic primary schools for an action-packed day of mind-bending activities covering science, design technology, mathematics, creative writing, drama and philosophy. Onlookers would have heard a pin drop in the Nagle Centre that morning, with girls and boys focused intently […]

  • 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

    Would you like to develop new strategies to help manage your child’s behaviour, strengthen the relationship with him/her and parent proactively rather than reactively? 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching will help you develop these skills and take the wonder out of what to say and do when unwanted behaviours are exhibited. This ParentingPlus […]

  • Student story shortlisted for young writers’ award

    St Mary’s College is delighted to announce that Year 5 student, Lucy McKenna has been shortlisted for the Redgum Book Club​ Young Writers’ award in the Picture Book category. Lucy is among just 10 young budding authors from primary schools across Australia to make the finals, and one of only two Tasmanian students shortlisted. Well […]

  • St Mary’s College Open Day 2018

    We invite you to come and see us as we are! We warmly invite all prospective and current parents and students to our Open Day on Thursday 22 March 2018. Take a tour and see what we get up to on a regular day at the College. There will also be opportunities to visit our […]

  • Commissioning of College leaders

    On Tuesday 20 February our Senior School and Junior School leaders were commissioned in their leadership roles during a special ceremony held in the Cathedral. All of our Year 12s as a leadership group were also formally acknowledged and presented with a Nano Nagle heart badge. Following the ceremony, our leaders, together with parents, staff and invited […]

  • Celebrate our 150th birthday in true Irish style!

    St Mary’s College will be seeing green on Saturday 17 March, but don’t worry, it will all be in the name of fun and frivolity! Preparations are in full swing for our 150th Anniversary Fun Day, which will take place at the College that day from 12.00-3.00pm – what better way to celebrate our Irish […]

  • Invitation to Welcome to SMC 2018 Evening

    Join us for an evening on the Green… The St Mary’s College Parents and Friends (P&F) Association is hosting a ‘Welcome to SMC 2018 Evening’, where our community can meet each other or catch up from last year. The event is a great opportunity for new families can get to know the P&F and one another, […]

  • Educational pioneer’s 150-year legacy set in stone

    A life-size sculpture of Nano Nagle, the foundational leader of the Presentation Sisters, was unveiled and blessed at a ceremony held at St Mary’s College on Friday 9 February 2018. The 1.5-metre installation of the Irish-born woman, famously known as ‘the lady with the lantern’, was commissioned by the College to commemorate the school’s 150th […]

  • 2018 Parent Calendars

    Families will this week receive a copy of our 2018 St Mary’s College hard-copy calendar. This calendar include some important dates that you will need for the year ahead, including information about our upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations. Please be mindful that unfortunately we sometimes need to change the calendar, so it is always a good […]

  • Celebrating 150-years of teaching

    The buildings and grounds may have changed over time but for previous staff members of St Mary’s College, the SMC school spirit still remains. The St Mary’s College Staff Reunion was held on Saturday 3 February to mark exactly 150-years of the school being on its present site (SMC welcomed its first students on February […]

  • 150th Anniversary ‘School Spirit Video’

    Happy birthday, St Mary’s College! On this day (February 3) back in 1868, the little school of Mount St Mary’s (as we were then known) received its first pupils.  To commemorate this very special milestone in the history of the College – and to reflect on how far we’ve come as a school community – we […]

  • BYOD Enrolment 2018

    Dear Parents and Carers, This post contains information for all students in the Senior School (Year 7-12) who will be using a laptop as a part of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. This further information is a follow up from the information previously provided by the College. All Senior School students can now begin […]

  • Independent Review of Catholic Education: Update

    An update on the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office’s (TCEO) review into Greater Hobart Catholic Education is available to download at the following link: More information on the review can be found on the TCEO website here.

  • St Mary’s College 150th Staff Reunion

    Fun fact: Did you know that St Mary’s College welcomed its first students on February 3, 1868? To kick off our 150th anniversary celebrations next year, the St Mary’s College is inviting all previous – and current – staff members to attend the ultimate staff reunion, to be held at the College on Saturday 3 […]

  • Tickets on sale for 150th Gala Dinner

    We are very excited to announce that tickets to our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available for purchase! All members of the College community are warmly invited to join us in commemorating our special milestone by attending the dinner, which will be held on Saturday 12 May from 5.30pm at the Hotel Grand Chancellor […]

  • Expressions of Interest for Board Members

    St Mary’s College is seeking Expressions of Interest from parents and friends of the College for positions on the St Mary’s College Board, following the ending of generous terms of two of its members. The Board is looking to appoint Board Members. Overall, the Board plays an important role in providing sound governance to the […]

  • St Mary’s continues to excel in science

    On Sunday 26 November, a group of St Mary’s girls, together with Science Coordinator, Heather Omant, travelled to Launceston to attend the Tasmanian Science Talent Search prize-giving ceremony, where the students were honoured for their outstanding research investigations submitted earlier in the year. Read a summary of the Tasmanian Science Talent Search here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/celebrating-outstanding-talent-in-science/ In addition […]

  • Your ‘2018 Back to School Toolkit’

    Get ready for 2018! Parents and carers of the College were recently emailed a ‘Back to School Toolkit’ for 2018. This guide contains important information that will serve as a handy reference for families as they prepare for the 2018 school year. Click here to view the Back to School 2018 Toolkit. The toolkit can also be […]

  • Catholic Education Review – Feedback requested

    Independent review of Catholic education Archbishop Julian Porteous, on advice of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission, has formally initiated an independent review of Catholic education in southern Tasmania. A key outcome of this review will be how Tasmanian Catholic schools can best provide for the needs of Kindergarten to Year 12 students for the next […]

  • Calling all creatives: SMC 150th Anniversary Art Competition

    We are calling on all creatives to enter their designs in the St Mary’s College 150th Anniversary Art Competition. The competition, which runs until April 2018, is an exciting opportunity for SMC’s emerging artists to showcase their work at our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on May 12, 2018. Along with […]

  • Science girls go for gold

    Year 10 students, Keeley Hine-Haycock, Alana Bellette, Saakshi Dhakal, Spriha Paudel, Chloe Cooper and Eloise Deconinck have achieved something truly remarkable this year. The girls, with the support and guidance of their science teacher Heather Omant, have all earned CSIRO Gold CREST Awards for their extended science investigations, which they have been working on for the […]

  • Designers in the spotlight

    St Mary’s College Graphic Design students, Isabella Franklin, Imogen Barry-Murphy and Taylah Pickett (Year 11) have been working with College Principal, Helen Spencer and Sister Gabrielle Morgan PBVM (on behalf of the Presentation Sisters) on the design on a new leadlight window, to be installed in the College’s Adrian Doyle Chapel to mark our 150th […]

  • Family database update

    Parents and caregivers were emailed a database update on October 10, 2017. This is an important update and information contained contributes to our funding by the government. Please complete your database form by November 30, 2017. If you have any queries regarding the update, please email our Student Database Officer, Alannah Onn, at familyupdate@smc.tas.edu.au

  • Thunderstorm asthma warning

    The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services has issued the following thunderstorm asthma warning for today. People with asthma and hay fever are advised to take extra care.   15 November 2017 Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health Thunderstorm asthma warning The Director of Public Health advises people with asthma and hay fever […]

  • Lest we forget: Remembrance Day Service

    The College gathered in the Nagle Centre this morning to commemorate all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflict ahead of Remembrance Day tomorrow (November 11). The service was a special opportunity for St Mary’s College to honour and appreciate the efforts of those men and women who have served, and those […]

  • A celebration of student artwork

    St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition – Opening Night Please join us at the College for a special viewing of the outstanding artwork our Year 9-12 students have produced this year. The opening night of the 2017 St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday 16 November from 6.00pm in the Senior Common Room […]

  • Congratulations to our College Prefects for 2018

    Congratulations to our newly elected Prefects for 2018. We wish you all the best as you serve the College body in the coming year and look forward to your valuable contribution. 2018 Prefects: Isobel Kuo (Head Prefect) Olivia Eade (Deputy Prefect) Sarah Cooper (Deputy Prefect) Brittanie McCarthy Caitlin J Cooper Chloe Hine Emily Philpott Emmeline […]

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