From the Acting Principal
This week our whole school assembly in the Nagle Centre focused on resilience. For many, the highlight of the assembly was the presentation by Year 2 Wombats. Class teacher, Ms Anabel Shearing produced a video of the students describing how they show resilience in their everyday lives. A shared song, led by the Wombats, then followed.
It was a lovely assembly with a montage of songs from Beauty and the Beast and presentations for student achievements. I must make mention of two students who participated in ‘The 30 Second Challenge’. For the challenge, students are invited on the spot to talk for 30 seconds without preparation on a given topic. They can speak longer if able. Participation in the challenge requires daring and shear guts!
The two students to take up the challenge were Bethany Creese (Year 7 Manresa 3) and Georgia Blanton (Year 6 Banksia). Bethany’s topic was ‘students should not have mobile phones at school’ and Olivia’s was ‘St Mary’s College should have a school dog’. Both girls spoke longer than 30 seconds and delighted everyone with their ideas and bravery. Wonderful examples of student resilience!
Thank you for the challenges in life that help to build OUR strength.
Thank you for the times when OUR lack of resources reminds US of the value of resourcefulness.
Thank you for the mysterious people who confound, frustrate and annoy US, teaching US patience and the art of forgiveness.
Thank you for the moments when WE are in desperate need of a miracle, and at the very last moment, from an unexpected source, one arrives.
Thank you for the difficult path that only WE can walk, the challenging problems that you have prepared for US to solve and the purpose that you have for OUR lives.
Thank you for the moments of courage that you give US so that WE can live a life of meaning, not comfort.
Thank you for the moments when WE are aware of OUR shortcomings, not so that WE can wallow in sadness, but so that WE can tap into your grace and mercy.
Thank you for sending angels to wrestle with US, building OUR resilience and teaching US to hold on to what is good.
WE pray that you would give US strong ankles for the times when WE walk on rocky ground.
WE pray that you would give US strong hearts to keep OUR spirits strong.
And WE pray that even in the darkest night, WE will be looking to the light that’s coming.
WE pray for resilience, love and compassion.
WE ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 12 – Thursday 13 September
- NAPLAN Online Readiness Testing for Year 2, 4, 6 and 8.
Thursday 13 September
- Year 7 2020 group tours, 9.15-10.15am.
- Music Gala Night, Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania (7.00-8.30pm).
Friday 14 September
- Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (all-day).
- Year 7 2020 applications due.
- Early Years assembly, After School Care room (1.30-2.00pm).
Tuesday 18 September
- Year 5 Wax Museum, Mary Morgan Wing (10.00-11.00am).
Wednesday 19 September
- NAPLAN Online Readiness Testing for Year 2, 4, 6 and 8.
- SMC Hottest 150, Prefect fundraiser.
- Excursion: Kindergarten classes to Kingborough Sports Centre.
Thursday 20 September – Thursday 4 October
- SMC China Trip.
Thursday 20 September
- Excursion: Prep to Year 2 to Kingborough Sports Centre.
- Excursion: Year 3-6 to Kingborough Sports Centre.
- Vinnies Quiz Night, Mary Morgan Wing (6.00pm).
Friday 21 September
- Footy Colours Day (K-12).
Saturday 22 September
- SATIS Athletics Carnival, St Leonards, Launceston.
Sunday 23 – Thursday 27 September
- Year 6 Canberra Trip.
Tuesday 25 September
- Rowing Committee meeting, St Virgil’s College Junior School (4.30pm).
Wednesday 26 September
- SATIS State Winter Finals.
- Excursion: Kindergarten to Eastside Activity Centre.
Congratulations to the following students:
- Gabrielle Saxton-Hillier (Year 9), Bellah Parker (Year 7), Amity Chick (Year 8), Claire Ransom (Year 8), Jessica Harback (Year 8), Georgia Rogers (Year 8) and Emma Fenner (Year 8) who won their Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League grand final earlier this month. The girls, who play for the North Hobart Junior Football Club’s U15s, secured a landslide victory against Sandy Bay Blue (54-13) to finish second on the ladder.
- 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 Lee (Year 9), who have claimed first-class honours in the Senior School Social Sciences division at the Tournament of Minds state finals.
- Lucinda Smith and Grace Boxall (Year 11), who are performing in the Musical Theatre Crew’s upcoming production of 42nd Street.
- Amelia Howell (Year 8), Cecilia Hutchinson (Year 8), Eliza Smith (Year 8), Isabel Burdick (Year 8), Lucy Hannon (Year 8), Jorja Geeves (Year 9) and Maya Manaena (Year 8), who are performing in the Musical Theatre Crew’s upcoming production of Bring It On, The Musical.
- Grace Molnar (Year 10), who will be attending the Gymnastics Australia 2018 National Clubs Carnival on the Gold Coast from September 18-21. Grace will compete in the trampoline gymnastics event.
- Samantha Tomes-Park (Year 8), who has been selected to represent Tasmania in the National Inline Hockey Championships, to be held in South Australia from September 29 to October 6. Samantha has also been nominated as Assistant Captain for the tournament.
- Jessica Skinner (Year 6), who was awarded a Local Sporting Champions grant from the Australian Sports Commission for her participation in the 2018 Australian Judo Championships.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at email@example.com
SMC Music Gala Night 2018
St Mary’s College is holding a Gala Music Night tomorrow (Thursday 13 September) and everyone in the St Mary’s community is invited to attend.
Come along to the University of Tasmania’s Stanley Burbury Theatre from 7.00-8.30pm for an evening of entertainment, with performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Group, Saxophone Ensemble, Rock Band, Year 5 Choir, Senior Choral Group and Vocal Ensemble, along with a variety of soloists.
Entry is by gold coin donation, with all proceeds from the event going to Make a Wish Australia. Seating – first in best dressed!
Apply now for Year 7 2020
Applications for new students to St Mary’s College for Year 7 in 2020 are due September 14, 2018.
To find out more about our enrolment process or to request an enrolment pack, please contact Fiona by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6108 2560.
For further information please visit our website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/enrolments-and-tours/
Special edition Alma Mater hot off the press
The latest issue of the Alma Mater magazine is landing in school bags this week!
The Alma Mater is our twice-yearly publication that features the latest College news, photographs and information relevant to SMC Alumni.
As a tribute to our 150th anniversary year, this special 2018 ‘bumper’ edition showcases all the highlights from our milestone celebrations, along with details on upcoming events including the launch of the 150 Faces of SMC coffee table book, which will be published very soon.
If you miss out on receiving a copy of the Alma Mater, you can pick one up at the College Business Office. You can also download it as a PDF here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/newsletter/
Homestay family required
St Mary’s College is seeking expressions of interest from families wishing to provide homestay accommodation for a mature-age Chinese Teacher Assistant.
The Teacher Assistant, who is currently employed at the College, requires accommodation for the remainder of 2018.
The initial length of the homestay arrangement will be a minimum of six weeks, but the duration can be extended through negotiation with the host family and College.
All families are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to those that live within the greater Hobart area and in walking distance to a bus route.
Hosting an international teacher can be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for many households and families, providing new learning and social experiences and the chance to build lifelong friendships.
If you would like to consider being a homestay family, or for more information on the role of host and the homestay requirements, please contact our Project Officer, Tammy Carlton on telephone 6108 2560 or email email@example.com
Last chance to nominate an exceptional teacher
Do you know an exceptional teacher at St Mary’s College who is worthy of recognition?
If you’re being taught by someone dedicated and committed, or if your children are learning from someone who cares deeply about their education and wellbeing – please nominate them now!
Nominations for the ASG national Excellence in Teaching Awards close tomorrow (Thursday 13 September).
For more information and to cast your vote, please visit https://neita.awardsplatform.com/
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 Lee (Year 9) held off teams from other Tasmanian schools to claim the Social Sciences category for Senior School competitors.
Congratulations must also go to the College’s Junior School team (Zyla Williams, Adalia Hauler, Madeleine Ambrose, Grace Cox, Grace Marshall, Lucy McKenna and Anna Fracalossi), who did a fabulous job representing SMC at the event.
TOM is a national problem-solving program aimed at enhancing student thinking. The competition requires teams to work cooperatively as they tackle stimulating open-ended challenges which demand experimental and reward creative and critical thinking.
On tournament day, teams of seven students are required to present their solutions to two challenges – the Long-Term Challenge and the Spontaneous Challenge.
The Long-Term Challenge sees students given six weeks to prepare their solution, including script writing and creating costumes and props. This solution is then performed to a panel of judges and an audience.
The Spontaneous Challenge is a previously unseen ‘on the spot’ challenge, where teams are only given a few minutes to discuss and plan their responses. Participants are judged on their ability to develop ideas and work collaboratively towards a solution.
All the girls are to be commended on their dedication, creativity and team work throughout the challenge period.
Thank you to all parents for transporting and supporting students on the day. Thank you also to St Mary’s College teachers, Jenny Noble and Karen Walter for their assistance, guidance and encouragement in the lead-up to the competition.
2018 Chinese Speaking Competition
Well done to our talented Senior School students who participated in the Tasmanian Chinese Speaking Competition at The Friends’ School on Friday 31 August.
The girls did a wonderful job as they showcased their language and public speaking skills against fellow students from high schools across the state.
Coding enthusiasts put their thinking caps on
Brains received a healthy workout at St Mary’s College last week as students competed in the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge.
The challenge, which is open to students in Year 3-12, exposes participants to mind-bending computer science and coding problems.
With a focus on collaboration and teamwork, the aim is for groups to complete the set of 15 questions within the allocated time, while learning some new skills in the process!
Students 'chalk it up' 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 symbol of hope for survivors of child sexual assault and encourages them to break the silence by speaking out.
In a show of solidarity for those affected by the issue, students completed a montage of white chalk drawings featuring messages of hope and support.
While in the past people have bought and released white balloons to mark the day, this year supporters were asked to consider alternative activities as the world becomes more conscious about the effects of plastics on the environment.
Braveheart founder, Hetty Johnson said: “We’re asking people to ‘chalk about it’, so getting some chalk and drawing balloons on footpaths with a message to children and survivors that we care about.”
Year 7s delve into Australian history
Students in Year 7 have gained a new appreciation for Ancient Australian history thanks to a recent visit from Nita Education – an organisation that provides Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural experiences to schools and businesses across southern Tasmania.
Education consultants, Jamie and Trish taught the girls about the archaeological history of the First Australians, which is a truly remarkable story. At a time when Europe was still the domain of Neanderthals, the earliest Aboriginal societies were establishing complex religions, burying their dead with elaborate rituals, engaging in long-distance trade, making jewellery, and producing magnificent works of art.
Year 7 learned about how the Aboriginal people lived during the Ice Age, their hunting traditions, cultural beliefs and weaponry; and even how sustainable their practices were.
The class also had the opportunity to handle artefacts and skins, with some students experiencing the taste of Sagg grass before making the reeds into bracelets.
The girls enjoyed the visit immensely and we thank Jamie and Trish for their input into HaSS (Humanities and Social Sciences).
Celebrating STEM in the Junior School
On Friday 31 August, St Mary’s College Year 4 students joined with St Virgil’s College for a day of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.
The boys and girls programmed Spheros (robotic balls), created waterproof containers and marble runs from recycled materials, and three-dimensional shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows.
Designed to build cooperation and collaboration, these activities encouraged students to challenge their imaginations, all while having fun.
According to the participants, the pizza lunch and fruit platters were also a hit!
College welcomes Women in Physics lecturer
St Mary’s College was honoured to recently host Dr Curceanu from the Australian Institute of Physics.
Dr Curceanu, who obtained her PhD working at CERN (a European research organisation that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world), presented a lecture on the physics behind technology.
Our Senior Science students were fascinated to learn about nuclear physics, the role of quantum mechanics and how physics can even be used in cancer therapy. In Dr Curceanu’s words, “Because we are curious beings, we are all born physicists!”
Dr Curceanu is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and, in 2016, was awarded the AIP Women in Physics Lectureship.
Today, she works as a Senior Researcher at Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati in Italy, where she leads a group of researchers performing advanced experiments in nuclear physics and quantum mechanics.
Budding chefs get a taste of competitive cooking
The College’s Year 11/12 Food, Cooking and Nutrition class was excited to welcome a special guest cook into the kitchen recently – Ivano Del Pio from The Chef’s Line, an Australian reality competitive cooking show.
Ivano, who also happens to be a mathematics teacher at St Mary’s College, joined the class for a presentation and demonstration of one of the dishes that he prepared on a recent episode of the television program, which airs on SBS Food.
The students were introduced to various tastes they had not experienced before and were given a ‘behind-the-scenes’ account of what being on a cooking show is really like.
Many thanks to Ivano for giving up his time to help encourage the girls in their passion for cooking. The session was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
College life in pictures
This week we have images of:
Kinder Fathers Games Afternoon, Wednesday 29 August 2018
View more photos on our online gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Kinder-Fathers-Day-Games-Afternoon-
Year 8 Parliament visit, Thursday 6 September (Year 8D participated in a role play in the House of Assembly Chamber)
Work samples of coasters made in Brian Webberley’s Year 9/10 Applied Design class this term.
Year 6 gives rowing a go
A group of enthusiastic Year 6 students have stepped outside of their comfort zone, hitting the water at New Town Bay to try out rowing for the first time.
The sunny weather and calm waters provided the perfect setting for taking a quad out for a spin, with three outstanding leaders from the SMC open crew – Sophie Robinson, Maddison Lamb and Hannah O’Connell (Year 10) – on hand to assist coaches, Kate Jordan and Shelbie Rowbottom.
The day was a great success! We are looking forward to the start of the rowing season for 2018/2019.
For further information about rowing at St Mary’s College, please contact Rowing Coordinator, Elizabeth Carter: firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Annual Cocktail Party and Silent Auction Fundraiser
All current and past supporters of the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club are warmly invited to attend the club’s second annual cocktail party, to be held at New Town Bay Rowing Centre on Saturday 20 October from 7.00pm.
Highlights of the evening will include musical entertainment, canapes, a free drink upon arrival and a silent auction fundraiser, with some exciting prizes up for grabs.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from the St Mary’s College Business Office in person or by phoning 03 6108 2560, or from the St Virgil’s College Junior School Office.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase and maintenance of rowing boats, safety equipment and club facilities.
For event enquiries, or to express your interest in offering a donation, prize or voucher for the auction, please contact SMC Rowing Coordinator, Elizabeth Carter at email@example.com
Please note, this event is an adults-only.
Thank you for supporting rowing at St Mary’s College!
Hot chocolate fundraiser
The SMC Rowing Club is holding a hot chocolate fundraiser on Friday 21 September from 7.45-8.30am outside the College Reception.
At just $2 a mug, how could you resist? Brownie points for people who bring their own mug.
What: Child Health Association Tasmania Family Fun Day
Where: Government House Lawns.
When: Saturday 23 September.
Cost: Entry by optional gold coin donation.
Oceana Swim School Spring Holiday Program
Where: Oceana Aquatic and Fitness, 49 Electra Place, Mornington.
When: October 1-5; October 8-12.
Cost: Learn to Swim ($80 per child for five-day program); School Carnival Prep ($100 per child for five-day program). Please refer to the below flyer for more details.
More information: www.oceanafitness.com.au
Contact: T: 6244 4444 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastside Activity Centre Spring Holiday Program
Where: 4/73 Droughty Point Road, Rokeby.
When: Various sessions held throughout October school holidays. Please refer to the below flyer for more details.
Cost: Tramp Park ($15 for two hours); Quiet Sessions ($10 for half-an-hour); Half Day Program ($25).
More information: www.eastsideactivitiycentre.com
Contact: T: 6247 7399 | E: email@example.com
What: Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day
Now in its 20th year, Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day is an annual event which helps employers and employees build regular walking into their daily routine.
When: Friday 5 October
More information and to register: www.walk.com.au