Principal’s Welcome

Principal Helen SpencerA warm welcome to the St Mary’s College webpage for the 2019 academic year!

Firstly congratulations to our 2018 graduates who excelled! Before last year was over, we had students gaining early entry to courses and scholarships. Our top two students in the 150th graduation class were counted in the State Top 100. Relative to our size, these are grand results! The inaugural scholarship to the Australian National University (ANU), sponsored by our own Rhodes Scholar, Marnie Hughes-Warrington will be awarded early in the year. We are very proud of the Class of 2018 and wish them well in their endeavors, whether they are off to TAFE, university or the workforce.

2019 promises to be an exciting year for learning. The teaching staff have committed to a process for becoming a Professional Learning Community. A new group, called The Edge has formed, with teachers spanning the early years to senior secondary age groups and a variety of subject backgrounds. These teachers (as well as most of the others, I would imagine) read professionally over the break, in preparation for the year ahead.

In Mathematics, the Senior School is embarking on a sequentially delivered program which follows learning progressions and delivers content in an individualized manner to students. The Junior School is using the program in Year 5 and 6.

We are making the cross-curriculum perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture a more prominent part of our learning and have appointed Claire Raward to shepherd us through this rich learning. We are really lucky to have some Aboriginal families who are generously working with us to develop staff knowledge and understanding of Tasmanian history and culture.

This year’s World Youth Day was in January. While we were unable to send students, we have sponsored our new Youth Minister to attend. Daniel Le Motte has been employed in cooperation with MacKillop Catholic College, as an addition to our Identity and Mission Team.

And last but not least, our MindMatters Team has ‘gone live’ with an online suite of curated resources for students and parents. You can access this via: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/your-mind-matters/

As a large College with nearly 1,000 students and 150 staff, it is really important that we hold tightly to our sense of community. Our Presentation Values, House structure and great traditions help us to live out community. Communication, of course, is vital. Subscribe to the newsletter, download SEQTA engage, read the Principal’s Term letters, if you’re on Facebook, ‘like’ the St Mary’s College page, and perhaps sync the College calendar to your phone.

Wishing each of our students the great wisdom of Sophia as they delve into learning and continue to build a Growth Mindset.

Helen Spencer
Principal

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