From the Principal
We have had a joyful ending to our year, with Masses, concerts and picnics! We have had many celebrations this year as we rejoice in our 150 years. I’m mindful, too, it has been a year of sadness for many.
Thank you to St Mary’s Staff who go one pace beyond every day. They are so committed to serving the children and young people of our College. Thanks to families for your trust in us each day and to the commitment you have made to the College. Thanks too, to the many who have moved on from St Mary’s – staff or students, who continue to be strong advocates for us and form such a pivotal role in our community.
In the yearbook you will have read that Gianna Staples is retiring this year. Gianna’s faith, commitment and leadership have made her a mainstay of the College. While we will miss her in the day-to-day happenings of St Mary’s College, I know she will not be lost to us. Thank you, Gianna, for all you have given over your years of service as a dedicated and inspiring teacher.
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Learning and Teaching
Don’t underestimate the power of reading; grab a book these holidays
Tamika Grist, Director of Pedagogy
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Friday 14 December
- College Business Office closed.
Tuesday 18 December
- Year 11 -12 TASC results emailed to students.
Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 December
- College Business Office open 8.00am – 4.30pm.
Thursday 20 December – Tuesday 4 January
- College Business Office closed.
Monday 7 January – Monday 25 January
- College Business Office open 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Monday 21 January
- Year 7 -11 Rowing camp (New Town Bay Rowing Club).
Tuesday 29 January
- College Business Office hours return to normal (8.00am – 4.30pm).
Monday 4 February
- First day of Term 1 for new students for Years 7 – 11.
- Kinder Wallabies commence (8.45am).
Tuesday 5 February
- All remaining students commence.
Thursday 7 February
- Kinder Koalas commence.
Thursday 7 – Friday 8 February
- Year 7 Camp.
Friday 8 February
- 2018 Graduates afternoon tea, Year 11-12 Common Room (3.00pm).
- Twilight Rowing regatta, New Town Bay Rowing Club (5.00pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
Saakshi Dhakal (Year 11) and Isobel Kuo (Year 12) recently competed against 58 other students from Australia and New Zealand, receiving an Honourable Mention (top five) at the Evatt Competition. The week-long Model UN competition challenges students to take on the roles of UN Security Council representatives and work to secure peace. The Tasmanian delegation, which was comprised of three teams and six students, also won the best delegation in competition. Well done on your amazing work, girls!
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St Mary's has your Christmas sorted
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to purchase a special St Mary’s gift. To mark our 150th anniversary year, the College has a collection of gifts that celebrate the school’s history.
‘150 Faces of St Mary’s College‘ showcases the stories of some of our most successful alumni. This coffee table book is a great Christmas present for anyone in the College community and a beautiful way to learn more about the College’s rich history. Priced at $45, this book can be bought by contacting the College Business Office or through Qkr!.
Kinder – Year 2 and Year 3 – 6 tea towels ($12) and aprons ($20) are also still on offer.
There are also a limited number of the College’s A3 commissioned watercolour prints by Esther Shohet available to purchase for $17.50. This beautiful piece showcases Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s. As these prints are limited, re-ordering is not guaranteed.
College students lead from the front
St Mary’s College students recently attended the third workshop of the ‘Learn to Lead – Building the leader within’ conference, held at the University of Tasmania. Hannah O’Connell (Year 10), Brianna McVilly-Callinan (Year 10) and Shreya Karunakara (Year 9), Isabella Cox (Year 10) and Lucy Eade (Year 10) were involved in three workshops held throughout the school year where they learnt skills needed to become effective leaders in their school.
The girls put their knowledge to the test as they worked as a team to organise a school event, ‘Social September’ featuring several activities aiming to improve student relationships and the benefits of socialising with peers.
Hannah, Brianna and Shreya shared their learnings and the College’s achievements from ‘Social September’ at the final conference held at UTAS on Tuesday 22 November.
Creating Christmas cheer
With Christmas just around the corner, students have been busy participating in Christmas activities. Ken Laughlin and Brian Webberleys’ Year 7 and 8 classes have made their own Christmas trees, complete with paint, tinsel and LED lights. Students created their own wiring harness, and have learnt about diodes, soldering and electric circuits.
College fair celebrates sustainability
St Mary’s College spent the day learning about our earth and the environment last Thursday when we held our biennial Sustainability Fair. Students from Kinder to Year 9 participated in workshops that were designed around educating students how small can make a big difference.
Organised by the College’s Footprint Project, students spent their lunchtime making beeswax wraps, visiting an ethical cupcake stall, picking up a St Mary’s KeepCup, exchanging good at the swap meet and getting lunch from the two food trucks on site.
Year 4s take to the skies
If our Year 4 students were afraid of heights, they certainly hid it well! The ropes course held in Franklin last week was an opportunity for the students to develop their leadership, communication and teamwork skills through a set of fun, yet challenging, tasks. Although heights are often scary, the Year 4s managed to complete all the obstacles with smiles on their faces.
Cooking up a storm in Chinese class
Year 6 students were treated to an authentic cooking class recently when Alice Zhang, visiting from China, taught the girls how to make dumplings. The girls quickly learnt that dumplings required an expert folding technique, which made for some messy but delicious cooking!
Year 8s relieve the legends of the Samurai
Year 8 History students got a hands-on lesson last week as they learnt about the ways of the Samurai Warrior during Feudal Japan. The girls’ coordination skills were also tested throughout the practical less which was led by Les Elliot from Les Elliot Karate Academy.
College life in pictures
Last Wednesday, the Kinder – Year 2 students had their end of year Christmas concert held at the College’s Nagle Centre. Dressed as angels, shepherds and kings, students sung, danced and celebrated the true meaning of Christmas in front of their parents, friends and family. Photos from the day can be found here.
Sunny weather a welcome change for Triathlon
Students headed to Bellerive Beach last Thursday for the Schools Triathlon Challenge where they ran, cycled and swam with determination. Although it was very hot, the girls showed amazing grit throughout the day. There were also girls who competed in both the individual and team race, with some even undertaking two legs each. The Triathlon gives students the chance to challenge themselves – regardless of their fitness level, and rather than winning, focuses on participation and enjoyment. All the competitors should be very proud of their efforts on the day.
Franklin Regatta wrap-up
On Saturday the SMC rowers traveled to Franklin to compete in the Southern Junior Sculling Regatta. The girls competed in single sculls, double sculls and quad sculls. This is a great practice regatta to prepare for the season. The sun was out, and for most of the morning the wind was calm – which made for perfect rowing conditions. There were some great successes on the water. Thank you to our Senior rowers who came along to help, we are very excited for the rest of the season.
By Bell Thurley and Estella Whiting
Midford Uniform Shop update
Midford Uniform Shop closed
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop is closed for the school holidays and will return to normal hours on Tuesday 5 February.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
Hockey Tasmania’s 2019 school holiday clinics
Hockey Tasmania will be running basic skills sessions on Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 29 January from 10.00am – 12.00pm for girls aged 6-12 years old for $20. For more information, please see visit www.hockeytasmania.com.au.
Eastside Activity Centre’s holiday clinics
Eastside Activity Centre in Rokeby is running a range of sessions to keep your kids busy over the Christmas holidays. Activities include acro, trampolining, gymnastics, slack-lining and circus starting from $15 per child. For more information, please contact Eastside Activity Centre via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA’s Christmas colouring-in competition
The Hobart YMCA has invited all Junior School aged children to participate in a Christmas colouring-in competition. They are running two competitions for children aged 4-8 years, and students aged 9+ and offering a BMX bike and a Christmas lolly hamper as prizes for each. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
2019 Sacramental Program
Expressions of interest are open for the 2019 sacramental program for families with children, eight years old and over, who are wanting to become fully initiated into the family of the Catholic Church.
We hope to have a group dedicated to secondary students, as well as a number of small groups for primary school aged students.
The three sacramental steps after Baptism are sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation), Confirmation and Eucharist (Communion).
Plans for the year will be discussed before you decide to enrol at the Information Evening:
February 20 2019, 6.30pm
Preparation will start the week beginning 3 March, 2019.
If you would like to receive updates and reminders before February 20, please get in touch with us: email@example.com 0427734503
Carols on the Hill
Tickets are now available to the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Carols on the Hill, held at Guilford Young College on Saturday 15 December at 6.00pm.
Suitable for children of all ages, the event will be compared by Tasmanian-born author Sam Clear and feature group and individual performances, as well as community carol singing.
Tickets are free; however, you’ll need to order your tickets through Eventbrite.
For more information, please see check Eventbrite.
Girls’ Football in 2019
The North Hobart Junior Football Club is seeking interest from girls aged 12 and under and 18 and under for their 2019 season. For more information, please contact the club – firstname.lastname@example.org