From the Principal
This fortnight is consumed with Year 12s finishing their schooling. If you are a parent or carer of a Year 12 student, I bet you’re wondering where those years went. And if you’re a parent or carer of anyone else in the College, you are probably thinking the day your child finishes will never come!
This will be my second time through watching St Mary’s Year 12s finish. In other schools near and afar, the end of the year was met with some trepidation from me as I anticipated all kinds of things. This year, my second time through, I know to anticipate only a celebration of joyful belonging, both from what I came to experience last year and also of the calibre of our Year 12 graduands. I thank Year 12 for their tremendous leadership this year and for everything they have done to embrace challenges and enhance our community. They really have been tremendous!
To the families of these young women, thank you for your commitment to St Mary’s College over the many years in all the many ways you contributed. We congratulate you on your ‘graduation’! You will always be part of the SMC community.
We wish our Year 12s every blessing as they embark on the world beyond their beloved College. We look forward to seeing them next year at our 150th celebrations and thank the Catholic Church Development Fund for sponsoring their invitation to the Gala Dinner. We know they will continue to be women of courage and compassion and will take Nano’s light out into their new worlds. We are deeply proud of them and send with them our love and wish them God’s abundance and blessings.
At their graduation last night, the staff sang them a blessing …
The Blessing Song
May the Lord look upon you with kindness
and give you His peace.
May He free you from all anxiety,
and make your worries cease.
May He hear your every prayer
and guide your way in His love.
May He keep you safe forever from all harm.
May your days be blessed with friendship
and your home with His grace.
May you always be blessed by His presence
with you in every place.
May courage and faith walk beside you
May you grow in His love day by day.
And in love may you strengthen each other forever.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 November
- Music practical exams.
Thursday 2 November
- Last day for Year 11/12 classes.
Friday 3 November
- Last day for Year 11/12.
- Excursion: Year 5W to ‘Marimba Mania’ on Parliament Lawns (10.30am-1.30pm).
- Leavers’ Assembly (1.30-2.30pm).
- Belling-out (2.30pm).
Saturday 4 November
- Alumni Committee AGM and annual mass, Adrian Doyle Chapel (12.00pm).
Monday 6 – Friday 10 November
- Year 11/12 study week.
- Language oral exams.
Thursday 7 November
- Parents and Friends Association meeting and AGM, Seminar Room (7.00pm).
Wednesday 8 November
- Prep to Year 2 Athletics Carnival, the College Green (12.30-2.30pm).
Friday 10 November
- Student art exhibition, St Peter’s Hall (all-day).
- Excursion: Year 2 to Molesworth Environment Centre (9.00am-3.00pm).
- STCPSSA Junior School Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (9.30am-2.30pm).
Monday 13 – Thursday 23 November
- TASC examination period.
Monday 13 November
- Excursion: Year 7D HaSS to Hobart Town Hall (9.30-11.00am).
Tuesday 14 November
- Rowing Committee Meeting, St Virgil’s College Junior School (4.30pm).
Wednesday 15 November
- Prep to Year 6 ‘Step-Up Day’, Nagle Centre (venue TBC) (9.15-11.00am)
Congratulations to the following students:
- Nialah Patterson (Year 7) and Hannah Christmann-Price (Year 4) who performed in the Tasmanian Youth Ballet Company’s performance of ‘A Night at the Ballet’ at the Theatre Royal on October 18. Nialah and Hannah were chosen from a talented field of dancers to be members of the company for 2017.
- Alice Stanford (Year 2), Zoe Argyropoulos (Year 2), Lucinda Washington (Year 2), Imogen Croall (Year 2), Tina Purves (Year 4), Hannah Crowie (Year 4), Amelia Wink (Year 7), Grace Hill (Year 7) and Nicola Morgan (Year 7) who performed in Chelle Burtt Theatre School’s production of ‘Cats the Musical’. The girls have been rehearsing all year in preparation for the show.
- Adalia Hauler (Year 5) and Clare Wanandy (Year 3) who were awarded the top prizes in the National History Challenge essay-writing competition, in the Tasmanian Year 5/6 and Year 3/4 categories respectively. The girls will receive their prizes from the Premier at a state presentation and award evening on November 9, 2017.
- Chelsea French (Year 8), who has been selected into the Australian national netball team that will play in the United States in 2018.
- Stefani Khoo (Year 6) who was presented with a Highly Commended award in the Fred Hollows Humanity Award category.
- Zali Kingston (Year 7) who competed in the recent ‘Follow Your Dreams’ national dance competition. Zali was successful in winning or placing in all her solo dances in the 13 and under age group, taking home 1st place in hip-hop and song and dance, 2nd place in tap and honourable mentions for jazz and lyrical. Zali also competed in the recent City of Clarence Eisteddfod, winning the 13 and under ‘Song from a Musical’ category with her performance of ‘Freddy, My Love’ from Grease, and earning 2nd place in the Vocal Solo category (13 and under).
- Eliza Howlett (Year 11) whose cow won the Champion Milking Cow, Best Udder and Grand Champion Dairy Cow titles at the Royal Hobart Show (Eliza was the handler). She was recently pictured in the Mercury newspaper (see inset at top right of press clipping, below) and Tasmanian Country.
Year 12 Leavers' Dinner
Save the date! The Year 12 Leavers’ Dinner will be held at the Hobart Function Centre on Friday 24 November at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.
The night will include a carvery meal, live DJ, dancing and some (brief) speeches, toasts and formal introductions of the Year 12 leavers.
Formal invitations have been distributed, so we hope that you can keep this night free.
For those over the age of 18-years, alcohol can be consumed at this celebration, but it is an expectation that Year 12 students are accompanied by parents or carers on the evening.
Cost is $85 per head. Please RSVP to the College Business Office in person or by telephone 6108 2560. Payment is due by this Friday 3 November.
Alumni AGM, reunion and luncheon
Will you be attending the St Mary’s College AGM (annual general meeting), reunion and luncheon this Saturday 4 November?
Everyone is welcome to come along to learn more about what the Alumni do, hear about the year so far and maybe even join the wonderful committee for 2018.
The day will commence with a mass in St Mary’s Adrian Doyle Chapel (via the parapet) at 12.00pm, followed by the AGM and reunion at 1.30pm in the SMC staffroom. Afternoon tea will be provided at $15 per head.
Attendees will also have the chance to enter a raffle for the chance to win a range of exciting prizes, including ‘pamper packs’ filled with a bottle of wine, bath salts and a candle courtesy of Jade Homewares (pictured left), massage gift vouchers and Wicked Cheese products.
Please RSVP your attendance for catering purposes as soon as possible by phoning Alyssa Barrett on 0448 344 003 or email email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
School term dates 2018
Parents and carers are reminded that the complete list of school holiday and term dates for 2018 is available on the College website.
The dates can be viewed here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/school-terms/
These dates are unlikely to change, however, please check the College calendar regularly to stay up-to-date with important events and updates that may occur during the school year.
Students sock it to poverty
From stars and stripes to Minions and even a tiny Elf, students in the Junior School sported an assortment of colourful, creative and plain whacky socks for Crazy Sock Day (Wednesday 25 October).
This year, our annual ‘Socktober’ event supported the Catholic Mission’s October appeal of ‘Sock it to poverty’.
Thank you to all students who provided a gold coin donation to help raise money and awareness of the provision of ongoing health services in Uganda.
The sock festivities continued after recess time with ice cream cones on the College Green.
Banding together in support of cancer sufferers
St Mary’s College was awash with colour on Wednesday 25 October as students took part in National Bandanna Day to raise awareness and funds for young people living with cancer.
An initiative of the College Prefect group, the event asked Senior School students to donate their old bandannas, which were used to create a ‘bandanna mural’. Staff and students then gathered at lunchtime to enjoy a sausage sizzle and music on the front lawn.
As part of the cause, all Year 7-12 students were encouraged to buy a bandanna and wear it with pride to demonstrate that they are fighting cancer together.
Every bandanna sold this year will provide vital counselling services, online support and the chance for young people aged 12-25 years to connect with others who understand what it’s like to deal with cancer.
Year 8 tours Parliament House
During the last weeks of Term 3 and the first weeks of Term 4, the Year 8 classes have been visiting Parliament House to learn about how laws are made.
Kimbra, the Education Officer at Parliament House, spoke to the girls about the different roles of the members of the House of Assembly in introducing bills and the process of making the laws that we live by.
The students participated in a role play where they sat in the chamber and were given roles to act out the process of passing bills. Some groups also had a visit by the then Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer.
It was interesting for the girls to experience the process in a real setting.
Girls take on Cambodia World Challenge 2017
During the last week of Term 3, and over the holidays, St Mary’s College and Ogilvie High School students travelled to Cambodia as part of a World Challenge experience with teachers, Karen Walter (SMC) and Mary Stewart. World Challenge offers expeditions in developing countries where students have the chance to undertake a community project, do a bushwalk and enjoy some recreational activities.
The students flew to Siem Riep, where they spent a few days acclimatising to the heat, visiting the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, exploring local markets and bargaining for goods! They enjoyed trying local foods (particularly tropical fruits) practising their Khmer and viewing the diverse city from tuk-tuks. They were fortunate enough to watch Siem Riep’s ‘Cirque du Soleil’, an acrobatic circus performed by underprivileged students who have been given the opportunity to attend a performing arts school. The girls also witnessed some incredible tropical storms as the country passed from the monsoon into the dry season.
The community project was at PTD Community School in the north east, near Battanbang, a large city approximately the size of Hobart. PTD is a not-for-profit organisation that empowers children and adults through education and training. The school teaches English to children who would not otherwise be able to afford school. The students, aged from five to 13-years, learnt English in the morning and attended a local school later in the day. The PTD Community School aims to be self-sufficient, operating its own vegetable garden, rice fields and also craft shop with clothes and crafts made by local artists. There are plans for a restaurant, utilising food made by the local community. The girls assisted with the harvesting of mushrooms for the local market and building a concrete pathway to stop the classrooms getting covered in mud during the monsoon season. Funds were raised in Hobart to buy a much-needed photocopier for the school. The girls were fortunate enough to spend some time teaching English to the students. They were surprised by the limited resources in the classroom, including a lack of stationery (and no electronic goods!). They were fortunate enough to ‘host’ a special day on the Saturday, organising sports games and afternoon tea. The younger children enjoyed ‘fruit salad’, skipping and ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’, and the girls were able to learn some local Cambodian games, and played mostly with a stick due to a shortage of sports equipment.
From Battanbang the students headed north-east to the remote Ratnakarri National Park, where they completed a five-day bushwalk in the jungle. Probably the most exciting part of this phase was sleeping in a hammock (and the least exciting, the leeches!). We travelled up a river that borders with Laos and under the direction of our guide walked through remote, indigenous villages. Further into the National Park the communities became more sustainable, supporting themselves on rice, fish and fruits from the jungle. The walk then passed through thick tropical rainforest, dominated by bamboo, before descending into more populous rice paddies. Despite the intense heat and range of small – and large – creepy-crawlies, the girls had many laughs. They are to be congratulated on the care they showed each other during a particularly hard mountain climb. Highlights included watching the guides make various objects from bamboo (including iPhone speakers!), swimming in the rivers, sliding through mud, seeing the fire flies at night and trying some jungle foods.
The last part of the Cambodia experience involved travelling south to the capital of Phnom Penh for some rest and relaxation before heading home. Highlights included a diversity of local street food (including frogs!), visiting the King’s Palace and endless market shopping for the girls. The smells, haggling, range of fresh fruit and vegetables, images of fresh fish, chickens and pigs were a constant eye opener to the way other cultures shop. Phnom Penh is an incredible city and the students were amazed by the mix of the new and old buildings and how the city has rebuilt itself after the Civil War. We also visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. Despite the incredible sadness we felt at these sites it was a harrowing history lesson and an in-depth insight into the reign of the Khmer Rogue. The students realised how recently the country was at war with many of the people we met telling us about their terrible childhoods during the 1970s and ‘80s.
The girls were a credit to the school and showed great courage and resilience given the number of challenges they faced. Not only was it a fantastic travel opportunity, but the students also gained lifetime teamwork and leadership skills as they were involved in planning accommodation, booking buses, making phone calls (interpreting Khmer!), navigating cities, managing the budget and co-ordinating recreational activities. The students had worked hard over the past 12 months to raise funds for their trip and were rewarded with a trip of their lifetime.
Ditto's 'Keep Safe Adventure Show'
The Kinder to Year 3 classes welcomed Ditto, Bravehearts’ fun-loving mascot, with open arms on Tuesday 24 October for an entertaining and interactive personal safety program.
Ditto’s ‘Keep Safe Adventure Show’ teaches children aged three to eight-years personal safety strategies in a range of situations, from sexual assault to bullying.
The program is delivering to schools across Australia and is aligned to the Australian National Curriculum ‘Health and Physical Education’ objectives.
For more information about the program, visit the Bravehearts website at bravehearts.org.au
Children's Week morning tea
Four students from the Junior School were invited to represent St Mary’s College at an official reception at Hobart Town Hall to celebrate Children’s Week 2017.
Ellie Atkins, Hannah Korn, Grace Summers and Vara Marunda (Year 6), together with Director of Junior School, Brigid Knight, gathered in the Town Hall Ballroom on Monday 23 October for a morning tea, before participating in a story gathering and vision workshop.
The workshop, which was delivered by the Hobart City Council, is part of a large-scale city visioning process that is working with members of the community to gather their stories of Hobart.
The council is keen to ensure that children participate in this process so their voices are also heard.
During the session, the students engaged in discussion on topics such as what they like about living or being a student in Hobart now and shared their ideas for the future of Hobart.
Children’s ideas and stories from the event will guide project research and additional public engagement events in the years ahead.
Outdoor cinema attracts a crowd
Thank you to everyone who came along to Screen on the Green last Friday 20 September. With your help, the event was a roaring success!
The College is grateful for the support of the many kind-hearted and generous members of our school community.
Thanks, in particular, to the numerous students, staff, parents and friends who volunteered their time to ensuring the evening ran smoothly, and to our wonderful food and drink vendors, including Mountain Pepper Pizza, for keeping hungry bellies happy and satisfied. We hope you all had fun!
Food for thought: Snack on an apple
Thank you to Hansen Orchards and SecondBite Tasmania for the generous supply of fresh, nutritious apples for students at St Mary’s College to enjoy.
Apples are flowing into schools across the state thanks to a partnership between Hansen Orchards and the Tasmanian School Canteen Association which aims to inject a dose of good health into lunch boxes.
As a Move Well Eat Well school, this gets our tick of approval!
College life in pictures
Be sure to head over to our photos page to view our latest galleries by clicking on the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/
This week we have happy snaps from our recent National Bandanna Day and Crazy Sock Day fundraising events, Screen on the Green and the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival, as well as ‘Drop Everything and Do Maths’, which saw the Junior and Senior School students buddy up for a fun day of exploring, discovering, experimenting and problem-solving, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Year 3/4 division 1 basketballers score regional title
Our Year 3/4 division 1 team pulled off a superstar win at the recent Regional Basketball Competition (South).
Well done to the team, along with their dedicated coach, Mrs Anderson and manager, Mr Purves!
We wish the girls the best of luck as they go on to contest the state championships in December.
We are also thrilled to report that all four SMC teams did tremendously well at the competition and represented the College with amazing pride.
Fun, fitness and House spirit
Our Year 3-6s enjoyed the opportunity to take part in a fun day of healthy competition and House spirit at their Junior School athletics carnival on October 19.
Given the wet conditions, all events went ahead as scheduled. All girls who participated did so with a smile and wonderful enthusiasm and sportsmanship.
The day was a huge success due to the collective effort of our students, our staff and, of course, our parents who provided a helping hand with events. A special mention goes to Mr and Mrs Anderson, Mrs Fidanza, Mr Purves, Mrs Smith and grandparent, Mr Childe.
Thank you also to the Year 8 and 9 students who provided assistance on the day – the girls were fantastic and a credit to St Mary’s College.
Keep an eye out for the final results, which will be shared on the College website later this week.
Parents and Friends update
Thank you and farewell
This report comes tinged with sadness as it will be my last as President of the Parents and Friends Association. As of next Tuesday 7 November, I will have completed my three-year term and, hopefully handed over the reins to another parent.
It will also mean that I am also coming to the last few weeks of been a parent at SMC after 12 years. I can honestly say that both my daughter, Meg, and I have thoroughly enjoyed our years at SMC. In those years there have been five P&F presidents: Sue Gourlay, Julia Goss, Roger Dixon, Nicole Williams and myself. The Association has organised fairs, quiz nights, afternoon teas, welcome evenings, a Father’s Day breakfast and many more functions and fundraising initiative, all of which were primarily designed to build on the sense of community at the College.
Nano Nagle, our foundress, laid the foundations of this community many years ago in Ireland, and at SMC it began with the Presentation sisters, 149 years ago. In their own way, each President and their committee carried Nano’s symbolic lantern. I hope that in some way my committee and I have achieved the same success.
I would like to thank all of the parents and family members who have supported the P&F over the years. Whether your support has been in the form of buying raffle tickets, helping to set up a fair, or donating an item for the chocolate wheel, it all goes towards a common cause – your child’s education.
Through its many fundraising ventures, the P&F has contributed significantly to the College, benefitting both Junior and Senior School students, staff and departments.
I would encourage anybody reading this to become involved in the P&F in some way. Your child will ultimately gain from your involvement.
A reminder that the AGM is next Tuesday 7 November in the SRC at 7.00pm. The positions of President and Treasurer will be vacated. We will also welcome new committee members. Nominations can be found on the College website under the P&F section.
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop update
Holiday trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday 14 December at 4.00pm, re-opening on Monday 15 January 2018 from 9.00am until 4.00pm.
The uniform shop will return to normal hours on Tuesday 6 February 2018.
Throughout the school term, opening hours are 8.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday.
For the full list of holiday trading hours, please follow the link to the Uniform Shop page on the College website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
Don’t forget, you are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.
Instructions on how to make an online order are available on the College website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
Where: Montagu Bay Reserve, Montagu Bay.
When: Sunday 12 November
Contact: Simone Flanagan on 0481 183 874.