From the Principal
At an assembly this week, I felt compelled to discuss Christmas!
Advent doesn’t start until the December 2 this year, but the onslaught of ‘Chrismas-ific’ is everywhere in the shops. I reminded students that Christmas is about the coming of Christ the child. I suggested we should all have something in place every Christmas where we do something or give something to make life better for people who don’t share our fortune.
I probably wasn’t clear enough with the students that this shouldn’t come out of mum’s or dad’s pocket, but their own. You might like to follow up with some suggestions.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
- Year 11-12 TASC written examinations.
- Student Art Exhibition: Opening Night, Senior School Common Room (6.00-7.30pm).
- P&F Meeting, Boardroom (5.30pm).
- Excursion: Year 1 to TMAG and Mures.
- JSSATIS Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (9.00am-2.30pm).
- Year 10 study day.
- Pre-Kinder session for Kinder Koalas 2019 (9.30-10.30am).
- Presentation Day Mass (Year 3-9), St Mary’s Cathedral, followed by morning tea in the Staff Room.
- Excursion: Kinders to Bellerive Park.
- Pre-Kinder session for Kinder Wallabies 2019 (9.30-10.30am).
- Little Help Group Day (Year 10), Nagle Centre (9.30-10.30am).
- Kinder Orientation Day 2019, Nagle Centre (9.15-11.00am).
- The Great Race (Year 10), Hobart (9.30am).
- Caritas Junior Just Leadership (Year 5), Mt Carmel College, (9.00am-3.00pm).
- Year 10 final day and examination feedback.
School of Rock Performing Arts trip (Year 9-10), Melbourne.
- Prep to Year 6 Swimming and Water Safety Program, Clarence Pool.
Congratulations to the following students:
Jessica Smith (Year 5), who has earned a spot in the Australian All Schools Track and Field Competition, which will be held in Melbourne on November 25-26. Jessica will compete in the 800m and 1500m events.
Siblings Taylah (Year 6), Isaac (Prep), Jacob (Year 1) and Macey Hayes (Kindergarten) and Jessica Skinner (Year 6) had great success at Ulverstone Judo’s end of year competition. Taylah won a Gold in her division, as well a Gold in the boys’ division. Both Jessica and Jacob received a Silver, while Macey and Isaac took home a Gold.
Nyah Hall (Year 6) and Julietta Moutwari (Year 9), who recently performed in Jenina’s Dance Workshop’s ‘Elevate’ concert. As a result of their outstanding performances, Nyah and Julietta were offered the Junior and Senior Dance Scholarships respectively.
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150 Faces of St Mary's College available on Qkr!
SMC families can now order and pay for their copy of the 150 Faces of St Mary’s College commemorative book using the SMC Qkr! smartphone app.
Orders are collated weekly on a Wednesday and will be available to collect from the school Business Office from this day forward.
To get started, simply download the Qkr! app from the App Store on your Android phone, iPhone or iPad and select ‘St Mary’s College’.
For further information about the app and instructions on how to download it, please visit the Online Payments page of our website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-payments/
The book, which is priced at $45, can also be purchased by phoning the office (03 6108 2560).
Read more about it here: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary/
How to keep our streets safe
At St Mary’s College the safety of our community is of significant importance. As an inner-city school, awareness of parking and traffic contributes to creating a safer environment for all.
Families are reminded to be aware to be aware of the following when dropping off and collecting their children from school by car, especially when using Harrington and Brisbane Streets, which are particularly busy zones during these high-traffic times.
- There is a ‘Kiss and Go’ drop-off area in Harrington Street, designated by flags (the Council rezoned this area specifically to help reduce morning and afternoon congestion).
- For safety, students dropped off on the other side of Harrington and Brisbane Streets should use the traffic lights instead of crossing where they have been dropped off.
- Cars should not be parked across driveways. We have neighbours in Brisbane Street who have been unable to get out of their driveways because they have been repeatedly blocked in. (Some of these driveways are not obvious)
- Double parking, even to just quickly let someone out of a car, is illegal and dangerous.
- Three-point turns at the entrances to the College on Brisbane Street, although not illegal, can be highly dangerous, especially just before school starts and ends.
- Senior students who drive to school should find parks that do not require them to move their car throughout the day.
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
2019 homestay expressions of interest
St Mary’s College is seeking expressions of interest from families wishing to provide homestay accommodation for a 23-year-old female Chinese Teacher Assistant.
The Teacher Assistant, who will be employed at the College, requires accommodation from Term 1, 2019.
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. Some financial assistance will be provided.
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 Tammy Carlton on 6108 2560 or email@example.com
Change to Redline bus timetable
The Redline schoolbus that normally leaves Hobart for Sorell/Dodges Ferry at 3.30pm will now depart at 3.25pm sharp for the remainder of the year, effective as of Tuesday 13 November.
To keep up-to-date with specific bus routes, we recommend that you view the Redline Coaches website at the following link: http://www.redlinecoaches.com.au/index.php/student-services/
Local artist unveils Junior School climbing wall
Artist Tom O’Hern has been kept busy transforming part of the Junior School line-up area into a mural and climbing wall. Inspired by the names of our Junior School classes, the mural features some of Tasmanian’s best-known native flora and fauna.
The mural and climbing wall were officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday 12 November by Mr O’Hern, who also took time to talk to the students about the artwork.
College celebrates collaborative projection project
Five Year 11 students have collaborated with renowned Tasmanian artist Cary Littleford to create a digital artwork that will be projected onto the College’s façade for the next two weeks as the final event celebrating the College’s 150th anniversary year.
The instalment will coincide with the launch of the College’s Senior Art Show, which Mr Littleford is opening, and will be projected onto the Convent building from 8.30pm until midnight from Thursday 15 November to Friday 30 November. Students Jessica Grice, Chloe Cooper, Spriha Pauldel, Saakshi Dhakal and Georgina Green have provided the following artist statement about their work:
‘The main idea of the projection was to encapsulate what it means to be a St Mary’s student. We attempted to make a non-linear and semi-abstract video that represents the past, present and future of St Mary’s College to mark our 150th anniversary. The video begins with abstract imagery of the big band and finishes with the release of lanterns, which represents the letting go of one set of leaders.
‘Additionally, the project explores the concept that as St Mary’s girls we carry our lanterns and the light beyond St Mary’s. ‘Old’ and ‘new’ is depicted through a combination of historical photos contrasting with new photos from ‘today’, reflecting the inter-connective nature of St Mary’s. The Presentation values are interwoven throughout as symbols, with the rising sun representing resilience and falling leaves signifying the continuous respect within a St Mary’s girl.
‘The lanterns connote responsibility and the throbbing hearts represent relationships. We wanted the piece to not only be about what St Mary’s was, but what it continues to be. Special effects were used to not only make the projection dynamic but highlight the continuation of St Mary’s into the technological future.’
Honouring the spirit of our fallen soldiers
The College’s Junior School students celebrated Remembrance Day (November 11) on Friday 9 November with a Liturgy in the Cathedral led by Year 6 Banksia.
To commemorate the occasion, each class created a poppy wreath as a symbol of remembrance for all Australians who have died as a result of war.
Universally known as the ‘flower of remembrance’, poppies were among the first plants that came from the battlefields of northern France and Belgium during World War I.
An annual tradition at St Mary’s College, the Remembrance Day ceremony is an important way for our students to show their appreciation for all those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our great nation. #wewillrememberthem
Our Senior School students also acknowledged the day with a prayer service at the College on Monday 12 November.
Centenary of Armistice 2018
Remembrance Day held a special significance in 2018, as Sunday 11 November marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the first World War (1914-18).
Marching for girls' education
On Saturday 3 November the College’s Justice Action Network rallied together again to make a change. This time it was to raise awareness for equal and fair access for all girls to education.
Students marched from Franklin Square to Parliament Lawns holding banners.
Once arriving at Parliament Lawns, we joined with students from Mackillop College, The Friends’ School and Sacred Heart College to share songs, poems and speeches about the issue of girls’ education.
Isabella Cox (Year 9) was our fantastic MC, and Shea Williams and Stella Barnhoorn (Year 12), made notable contributions. Two politicians from our community also spoke at the event – Jo Siekja, Labour MP and Helen Burnett, Greens MP.
Students rise to the occasion at Tasmania Science Talent Search
St Mary’s students stole the show at the recent Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS), a state-wide competition open to students Year K-12.
Lucy Eade and Sophie Williams (Year 10) received first place in the Engineering intermediate section, with Lucy also achieving a Merit prize in Research Investigations. Jade Hay and Shreya Karunakara (Year 9) were awarded an Encouragement Award in the intermediate section.
Lucy, Sophie, Jade and Shreya have also been selected for state entry into the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.
In Year 8, students Emily Walter and Caitlin Marr were awarded a Merit prize for their research investigations in the junior division, with Lilli Westmoreland, Rachel Salter, Zoe Banks and Claire Ransom receiving an Encouragement Award in the same category.
Well done to all students on their outstanding work throughout the year!
Further success for ICAS English competition participants
A few months ago, we reported that a number of our Junior School students enjoyed success in the ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for School) English competition.
Two of those students, Sasha Bennett (Year 3) and Grace Marshall (Year 5), not only achieved results in the top one per cent of Australia, but they also gained the top score in Tasmania in their respective year levels.
The girls competed against thousands of students around Australia and should be very proud of their wonderful achievement.
Congratulations, Sasha and Grace!
For the full list of SMC’s award recipients, please visit our website.
SMC students attend AMWU Women's Forum
There are no limits for young women…
That was the key message that St Mary’s College students took away from the AMWU – Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union Dinner Women’s Forum at Wrest Point on Friday 2 November.
The evening provided an opportunity for guests to learn from and celebrate the success of an extraordinary group of Australian women.
The forum also covered the challenges and opportunities that women face in today’s workforce, with the aim to inspire and empower females to aim high in their chosen fields.
Pictured, from left, are SMC Year 10 students, Selamwit Woldeabzghi, Brianna McVilly-Callinan, Claudia Williams and Charlotte Cleary with Member for Braddon, Justine Keay.
Year 5 Waratah gets behind oral recycling program
Hobart Family Dental is a family owned dental business that provides for people of all ages. They have recently started a new ‘Oral Recycling’ program that provides Hobart with an opportunity to recycle dental products such as toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps and other packaging. Schools all around Hobart have been asked to participate in this program, and St Mary’s have wholeheartedly taken up the request.
In the Student Services Office there will be a box for you to discard of your old toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers instead of disposing of them into landfill. By throwing away these items, you are damaging the environment. Around 2,000,000 toothbrushes go to landfill every year just in Tasmania!
By giving your old toothbrushes to Hobart Family Dental, these objects can be re-purposed into new plastic items. Imagine all that plastic from 2 million toothbrushes; it can endanger so many animal species if they come across it in landfill. Hobart Family Dental are showing respect to the environment, and you can too by donating your old dental products and packaging.
Grace Marshall, Madeleine Ambrose, Sophie Kelly, Eliza Daley and Bianca Nichols.
College Alumni enjoy reunion atmosphere at annual AGM
The stormy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of our effervescent alumni as they were out in full force on Saturday 3 November for their annual mass, reunion and AGM.
Bubbles were flowing as the group recapped the year’s success, shared stories and rang the school bell in honour of our 150th anniversary.
The event also provided the opportunity to thank and farewell the committee’s co-presidents, Brigitte Gralak and Brigid Shea, who are stepping down from the role at the end of this year, and congratulate Alyssa Barrett, who will be taking the helm as president in 2019.
Photos from the day can be viewed on our online gallery here.
Last week for Year 12
On Friday 2 November we said farewell to our wonderful Year 12 cohort with a memorable assembly, a surprise Hawaiian-themed morning tea hosted by the Year 11s and the traditional Belling-out ceremony.
The bittersweet day was filled with plenty of smiles – and some tears – as our newest graduates reminisced on their time as St Mary’s girls and the lifelong friendships they’ve formed along the way.
We wish the Class of 2018 the best of luck in their final exams, and we look forward to seeing them again soon at their Leavers’ Dinner on Friday 23 November and Prize-Giving Night – their final celebration as SMC students.
Going Green: Working together to protect the environment
Need some encouragement to live sustainably? Just think about this: once you do, there are less people in the world contributing to climate change and the destruction of our environment, and another person is helping to reverse what has already been done.
You may think you’re not going to change the course of our planet, and you alone may make a small indent. However, there are others contributing waste, and thousands will make a great hole.
We all need to work together to help our environment and inform others about their choices. Changing to live sustainably will not only change your habits but will also promote and encourage others to do so, especially if adults, and older students, model this behaviour for younger ones.
For example, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is widely accepted to be the reason behind the environmental movement in the USA. John Muir inspired many conservationists. Al Gore went to many gatherings of people to call them to action. And finally, Wangari Maathai inspired and empowered women in Kenya, just by planting trees, and won a Nobel prize. However, you do not have to go to these lengths to create change, it can simply happen in our households or in our communities.
Minor changes can affect the environment greatly – and save you much money at the same time. Just think if you really need to buy that new dress, or the latest gadget and whether it would be beneficial to your life. Do you really need to use new paper, or could you use recycled paper? Do you need to throw that out, or could you repurpose it? Just by changing your habits, you can help fight climate change and inspire others to do the same. Scientists predict that we need to cut our emissions by 2040 or it will be too late. We need some action now.
Amelie Cox (Year 8)
St Mary's ditches the disposable coffee cup
We have a goal – to make St Mary’s College disposable coffee cup free!
We have a limited number of St Mary’s ‘LongPlay’ KeepCups available for parents and other members of the St Mary’s community to purchase.
These LongPlay cups feature a clear plastic booster, added to the blown tempered glass, which increases durability, maintains temperature and protects touch. You can find out more about these KeepCups here.
Why buy a KeepCup?
- Reduce waste and help the environment.
- Receive 20c off a hot drink at Queens Bakery when you use your St Mary’s KeepCup!
Cost: $20 (this is at cost price, RRP $34)
If you wish to purchase a LongPlay KeepCup please place your money in an envelope (Attention Jenny Noble) with your name and order details clearly marked on the front, and deliver to the College Business Office.
‘Original’ KeepCups (made from light-weight plastic) will be on sale to students for $10 at the Sustainability Fair on Thursday 6 December.
Thank you for your support!
Gracie Pelham, Sarah Thomas, Clare Wanandy, Jasmine Williams, Sasha Bennett, Meg Brewer
Year 3/4 Extension Group
Students hit the ground running at All Schools Track and Field
The 2018 Tasmanian All Schools Track and Field event went off with a bang on 27-28 October, with a number of St Mary’s College students competing and recording some superb individual performances on the day.
In a major coup for the College, Liana Kenna and Claudia Williams (Year 10) both earned selection in the 2018 Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships to be held in Cairns from December 7-9.
Liana Kenna – 1st 100m
Claudia Williams – 1st high jump, 4th javelin
The following St Mary’s girls also competed at carnival and achieved top three finishes:
Olivia Read (Year 8) – 1st hurdles
Georgia Chambers (Year 9) – 3rd 1500m.
Lauren Shelton (Year 7) – 1st discus, 2nd shot put, 2nd javelin, 3rd hurdles
Junior School results
Jessica Smith (Year 5) – Silver 800m, Silver 1,500m. Jessica has also been selected as part of the State team for the 2018 School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships, held in Melbourne.
Isobel Gray (Year 5) – 5th 100m and 200m, 4th long jump, 2nd high jump and bronze in the combined event (100m, 800m, shot put and long jump).
All girls performed exceptionally well and represented themselves and St Mary’s College with determination and sportsmanship.
Southern High School Basketball Championships
Four St Mary’s teams competed in the Southern High School Basketball Championships, which were held at Kingborough Sports Centre last weekend.
Year 7-8 Division 1 team won their division undefeated.
Year 9-10 Division 1 made it through to a nail-biting final, where they were narrowly beaten by Scared Heart College.
Year 8 Division 2 were runners up.
Year 7 Division 2 placed third.
A great result overall from all teams and players and a big thank you to our coaches, team managers and technical assistants for their support over the weekend.
Rugby 7S competition underway
St Mary’s College has two teams competing in the Tasmanian Rugby Spring 7s roster. Games are played at Rugby Park in New Town throughout November.
The girls are having a lot of fun and are enjoying the experiene of playing a different sport. Best of luck for the rest of the season!
Midford Uniform Shop update
Term 4 trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Tuesday 11 December at 4.00pm.
The shop will return to normal hours on Tuesday 5 February.
Throughout the school term, opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday (8.00am-4.00pm).
For additional holiday trading hours, please refer to the poster below, or visit the Uniform Shop page of our website. There, you will also find information regarding school uniform requirements and pricing.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant
Where: Hobart CBD (along Collins and Liverpool Streets between Argyle and Harrington Streets).
When: Saturday 17 November 2018 (commencing 10.30am).