From the Principal
It has been a lovely fortnight at St Mary’s College, as we have celebrated with our little people and our big people.
As the year ends, we farewell a number of staff at the College.
Matthew Williams leaves us with his family to move to Melbourne to take up a Deputy Principal of Faith and Mission role. Matt has worked tirelessly to ensure our students understand what it means to be part of the Catholic College in this day and age.
Kerry Hennessy is retiring from his teaching career after 23 years at St Mary’s College. Kerry has been a dedicated teacher who has worked hard to ensure his students have developed their talents in mathematics and science. He has also brought us great joy with his passion for the dress up! In recent weeks we met him as the St Mary’s student – you know what they say: ‘Once a St Mary’s girl, always a St Mary’s girl!’ We are deeply grateful for Kerry’s work and wish him ongoing happiness in his retirement.
We also farewell the following staff members:
- Sheree Kemp
- David Noble
- John Snell
- Kathryn Jaeger
- Rachel Deal
- Kelly Jarvis
- Nicole Eckhardt
- Hugh Austin
- Kylie Barrett
- Charlie Fenderson
We are grateful for their time at St Mary’s College and wish them well in their varied future endeavours.
For parents of students in the Senior School, I hope to see you tonight at the Prize-Giving Ceremony, where we will continue to celebrate our student endeavours in 2017.
Thank you all for being part of the St Mary’s College community this year and all that has meant in terms of your time, commitment, generosity and faith. I wish you all the love, hope, peace and joy that Christmas brings and look forward to celebrating our 150th year with you next year.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 13 December
- Term 4 concludes.
- Year 10 reports and Year 11/12 Statement of Internal Results distributed.
- Prize-Giving Ceremony, Wrest Point (6.30pm for a 7.00pm start).
Friday 15 December
- College closed.
Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 December
- Business Office open (8.00am-4.30pm)
Thursday 21 December
- Business Office open (8.00am-12.00pm) and then closed for the Christmas/New Year break.
Monday 8 – Thursday 25 January
- Business Office open (9.00am-3.00pm).
Monday 29 January
- Business Office normal hours resume (8.00am-4.30pm).
Monday 5 February
- Term 1 commences for Kinder Wallabies, Year 7, Year 11 and all new Year 8-12 students.
Tuesday 6 February
- All remaining students commence (excluding Kinder Koalas).
Thursday 8 February
- Kinder Koalas commence.
Congratulations to the following students:
- Aurora Giuliani (Year 5), who won gold in the 100m freestyle at the Pacific School Games held in Adelaide recently. Aurora also took home two bronze medals in the 50m butterfly (in which she broke a 30-year-old state record) and 50m freestyle events.
- Laura Spence (Year 12), who has won a scholarship to attend Dance Force in Queensland, a leading Australian training organisation for up-and-coming dancers to develop their craft.
- Ella Dunnewijk (Year 1) whose artwork was chosen to feature on the front cover of the St Mary’s College 2017 Santa Maria Yearbook.
- Zali Kingston (Year 7) and Lucinda Smith (Year 10), who are performing in the Hobart Repertory Theatre’s production, The Sisters Grim. The girls are half-way through the two-and-a-half week performance season, with another 21 shows to go.
- All St Mary’s College Year 3-9 students who competed at the 10th annual Schools Triathlon Challenge held at Bellerive Beach from December 7-8.
Join us at Prize-Giving
Our Senior Prize-Giving Ceremony will be held this evening in the Wrest Point Tasman Room at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
All Year 7-12 students will need to arrive by 6.30pm and sit in the designated areas with their Homeroom teachers. Parents and families are invited to sit in the Plenary Hall.
This is a very special evening for St Mary’s College, where we honour our prize-winners and celebrate our school year. All students must wear full formal uniform including blazers.
If, due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, your daughter is unable to attend, please notify Ryan Flack on 6108 2560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Family discounts 2018
If you wish to apply for a family discount, the Payment Arrangement Form forwarded via email on November 29, 2017 needs to be returned to the Business Office or the family discount will not be applied.
If you have any questions regarding the family discount, please contact the Business Office on 6108 2560.
Tickets on sale for 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner
We are very excited to announce that tickets to our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available for purchase!
All members of the College community are warmly invited to join us in celebrating our special milestone by attending the dinner, which will be held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.
Tickets are $89 a head and include a three-course meal and musical entertainment. Book a ticket and let us know who you would like to sit with, or get together a group of friends and book a whole table (of up to 10 people) for a mini reunion!
For more information and to purchase your ticket, follow the link at: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary/
Expressions of Interest for Board Members
St Mary’s College is seeking Expressions of Interest from parents and friends of the College for positions on the St Mary’s College Board.
The Board is looking to appoint board members for a three-year term, commencing in 2018.
Expressions of Interest should be forwarded to St Mary’s College Principal, Helen Spencer: email@example.com by December 21, 2017 and must include a Curriculum Vitae outlining your interest in the role and your skills, attributes and experiences that could support the College in its mission of providing Catholic education in the Presentation tradition.
More information about the role is available on our website here.
2018 Sacramental Program
St Mary’s College students aged eight years and older who live in the Sandy Bay-Taroona Parish area, or who attend mass in the parish, are invited to join the 2018 Sacramental Program.
Interested parents are encouraged to enrol their child as soon as possible, with First Reconciliation to take place before Easter and preparation sessions to commence in mid-February 2018.
Dates for Confirmation and First Eucharist are yet to be finalised.
Parental support during the classes and in-home exercises will be an important part of the program.
Parents who wish to enrol their child should contact the parish secretary, Claire Manthorpe, on 6224 1423 between 9.30am and 1.00pm on weekdays, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nano Nagle sculpture unveiled
Staff and students at St Mary’s College witnessed a significant moment in the school’s history on Tuesday 5 December with the unveiling of our spectacular Nano Nagle sculpture on the College grounds.
Standing approximately 1.5 metres tall and weighing 2.2 tonnes, the sculpture of the holy foundress of the Presentation Sisters was created by Ben Tolhurst, a self-taught sculptor from Hobart who used dolerite (blue stone) to carve out Nano’s figure, granite for the base and South Australian marble for her lantern.
Nano was hoisted by a crane to her final resting place in front of our convent building, where she will watch over the College and bring light and joy to our school community for many years to come.
It has been a busy but very productive Term 4 at St Mary’s College, with the past two weeks, in particular, jam-packed with graduation ceremonies, final assemblies and end-of-year festivities.
On Friday 1 December, the College celebrated the graduation of our young men in Year 2, who will be embarking on their new school journeys in 2018. Thank you to all boys for being such a special part of our SMC community for the past four years.
Our Year 6s also marked the end of their Junior School education with a special liturgy and celebratory luncheon on Monday 11 December. The girls, who were all dressed so beautifully in their party outfits, couldn’t contain their excitement as they stepped into the Nagle Centre to find it magnificently decorated with balloons, photo bunting and personalised cupcakes.
Click here to view images from our graduation ceremonies: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/
Rounding out our end-of-term celebrations were our Kinder to Year 2 and Year 3 to 6 concerts, which provided no shortage of dancing, singing, acting and Christmas cheer, much to the delight of parents, grandparents, relatives, siblings and friends.
Well done to all students and teaching staff for putting on such wonderfully entertainment performances to cap off a fabulous school year.
Finally, Senior School students have recently participated in a number of leadership skill-building activities and exercises designed to help build resilience, enhance confidence and promote teamwork, including ‘Face your Fears Day’ and the Year 10 Great Race.
Step-Up Day fun
The Senior School was a sea of excitement on Monday 4 December as our incoming Year 7 students ‘stepped up’ to their 2018 classes, subjects, teachers and facilities.
The day was a wonderful opportunity for new and current students of the College to immerse themselves in the many new experiences that 2018 will offer. Activities wrapped up with a sausage sizzle on the College Green, which provided the chance for more mingling and the forming of new friendships.
We were delighted to have so many new, enthusiastic ladies join us for ‘Step-Up Day’ and we wish all students the very best as they transition into the SMC Senior School community.
Tackling the Fusion challenge
On Tuesday 5 December, both Year 4 classes attended a one-day excursion to Fusion at Kingston.
Fusion is an adventure-based learning facility that provides opportunities for young people to learn resilience and test their limits, as well as develop skills in cooperation.
The girls participated in high rope activities and were encouraged to give positive reinforcement to their classmates, celebrating all successes by going ‘One Pace Beyond’.
Although their safety was never compromised – the girls were securely buckled up in harnesses and helmets, they were certainly put to the test as they dangled some five to 15-metres in the air! The girls should be commended for the admirable way in which they pushed themselves to try new experiences.
The secondary focus of the excursion was on developing cooperation skills and discussing strategies for working together – another challenge that the girls approached head-on.
Highlights included climbing through a giant spider web and balancing on logs and a giant seesaw.
The excursion was a wonderful experience and an invaluable opportunity to learn from one another.
Year 10s welcome back alumna
A big thank you to St Mary’s alumna, Lucy Breaden (Class of 2006), who dropped into the College on Friday 1 December to chat to our Year 10s during their Self-development Day activities.
An accomplished news reporter, producer and presenter at WIN News Tasmania, Lucy spoke to students about her time at SMC, what it’s like to work in front of a camera and her tips for building a successful career.
Our girls are always so intrigued and interested in the journey of a St Mary’s alumna. We are grateful they have such positive role models to aspire to, especially as they begin to consider their future study and employment pathways.
Preps leading the way in sustainability
St Mary’s College Prep students are on their way to becoming environmentally responsible young citizens.
The boys and girls have been learning about the importance of composting and organic gardening thanks to a new sustainable venture launched in the Junior School.
Here students are pictured creating their very own mini terrariums for Christmas using ‘soil’ derived from compostable waste (fruit and vegetable scraps) sourced throughout the year.
We are excited to see what’s next on the cards for our mini green thumbs!
Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017
St Mary’s College had six Senior School students attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017, which was held in Sydney from December 7-9.
The national gathering provides the opportunity for Australian Catholic youth (aged 15-25-years) to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and celebrate the Church in Australia.
Accompanying the girls on the trip were SMC teachers, Andrew Clarke and Gianna Staples.
More images from the trip are available to view on our online photo gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Australian-Catholic-Youth-Festival-2017
SMC rowers make a splash
It was a successful day on the water for St Mary’s College rowers at yesterday’s Junior Sculling Regatta at Franklin.
The event, which gives rowers the opportunity to fine tune their technique ahead of the upcoming season, saw the College’s U13, U14 (pictured) and U15 crews take part, with the U13 girls competing in the regatta for the very first time.
All teams rose to the challenge and performed extremely well. Fantastic effort, girls!
Junior basketball stars give it their best shot
Following the success of being crowned regional champions, SMC’s Year 3/4 Division 1 basketball team journeyed to Launceston on December 2 to compete at the 2017 Primary School State Basketball Tournament.
The girls came up against a very strong side and, although they fell short of a win (15-42), they finished second on the ladder, which is fantastic result.
All girls showed great tenacity and never gave up at any stage of the tournament. They represented SMC beautifully and the College is very proud of them.
Midford Uniform Shop update
Uniform Shop trading hours Term 1, 2018
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 email@example.com
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