Principal’s Welcome

Principal Helen SpencerWelcome to the St Mary’s College website. It isn’t as exciting as the real school, but hopefully it gives you a sense of ‘us’.

This year we celebrate 150 years as a College. It is hard to imagine the Irish sisters, who travelled out to begin the College all those years ago; Old Hobart Town, the landscape, the poverty, the displaced Mouheneenner people, our first students. We have numerous celebrations planned this year for past and current staff, students, alumni and the greater community. Come and join us as we look back in the past to set sail to the future.

St Mary’s College is a Catholic community where we work in the Presentation tradition to build the reign of God. What this means is that we work for truth, justice, compassion, love, hope and all that Jesus stands for. We recognise our stewardship of the earth and the responsibilities this entails. Our students proudly commit to service through Vinnies, Student2Student, Eddie Rice, the Justice Action Network and Footprints ecology group, among other student-led groups and initiatives. We provide opportunities for our community to be active in their faith and education to foster religious understanding to promote critical belief.

We have a strong history of success, as highlighted by our recent excellent Year 12 results. In 2017, 96 per cent of St Mary’s College students attained the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), with 21 per cent receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or higher. In addition, 65 per cent of students earned ATARs of 75 or higher and 77 per cent received an ATAR of 65 or higher. The Year 12 cohort also worked very hard to achieve strong VET results, with 14 Certificates I and II awarded and many more units of competence gained. One student, Rebecca Anning, earned a Certificate I in Business and Certificate I and II in Tourism. For her efforts, Rebecca is to be awarded a TASC prize at Government House. Outside of their schoolwork, our Year 12s gained recognition from the Australian Music Examinations Board Tasmania, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Royal Academy of Dance and the University of Tasmania (UTAS). We are incredibly proud of our students and we wish them every success in the next chapter of their lives.

Our Science program is a stand out. In 2017, six St Mary’s students earned a CSIRO Gold CREST Award – the highest school award in the national CSIRO CREST (Creativity, Engineering, Science and Technology) program; six students received Research Investigation Awards in the Tasmanian Talent Search, four students were invited to enter the upcoming BHP Billiton Science Awards and a staggering 85 students entered 45 projects in the UTAS Science and Engineering Awards, winning a record-breaking 29 major prizes among them!

As we enter the 2018 academic year, our students will focus on developing a ‘growth mindset’ and working hard to go One Pace Beyond. St Mary’s College is a great place to be.

We rejoice in the Spirit of Sophia as we welcome the challenges and celebrations of our 150th year, 2018.

Helen Spencer

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