From the Deputy Principal
St Mary’s College last week hosted the Nagle Education Alliance of Australian Student Leadership Conference. It was a successful event with 13 Presentation schools from around the nation in attendance. Although supported by a great team, the planning for the conference was undertaken by our Director of Identity and Mission, Andrew Clarke, and to be frank, he’s exhausted. Happily exhausted! To be successful, an event of this nature requires a lot of organisation. It doesn’t just happen. The result was outstanding. I would like to congratulate Mr Clarke and his team on providing the opportunity for the students involved to share ideas, interact and pray.
Last week the College’s Science Coordinator, Heather Omant and the Science team promoted Science Week with many engaging activities. This week our Arts Department, under the direction of SMC’s Director of Music, Scott Weston and Senior Drama teacher, Leah Smith, will also showcase student talent, with performances at The Playhouse Theatre of Beauty and the Beast. There will also be fire safety programs, visits to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, participation in the Festival of Bright Ideas, the Titration Competition, Aboriginal education programs and more.
St Mary’s is always a busy place and departments are always on the go. I thank our dedicated staff, including our office and maintenance staff, who together aim to make the learning experiences of our students meaningful, rewarding and memorable. It is all part and parcel of wholistic education, an education in which ‘each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace’. Like Mr Clarke, I hope that if other staff are exhausted too, that it’s happy exhaustion due to the satisfaction of knowing that they and their achievements in the name of student learning are appreciated.
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Learning and Teaching
Recognition of excellence in education for three St Mary’s educators
Tameika Grist, Director of Pedagogy (K-12)
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 August
- St Mary’s College Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Playhouse Theatre (7.00pm all nights, with a matinee performance on the Saturday at 11.00am). Please note, tickets to this event are now sold out.
Thursday 16 August
- Excursion: Year 3 to TMAG and Sullivans Cove.
- Rowing committee meeting, St Virgil’s College Junior School (4.30pm).
Friday 17 August
- Excursion: Year 1 to Cambridge Telescope and Richmond.
- Excursion: Year 3 to St Virgil’s College Junior School.
Saturday 18 – Friday 24 August
- Book Week.
Monday 20 August
- SMC Annual Writing Competition entries due.
- Drop Everything and Read (Junior School classrooms).
Tuesday 21 August
- Tournament of the Minds, St Mary’s College (Senior School).
Wednesday 22 August
- Book Week Dress-up Parade: Senior School – Student Resource Centre (from 12.40pm). Junior School – the College Green (‘top ground) (1.45pm).
Thursday 23 August
- Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia executive meeting, St Mary’s College (4.00-5.00pm).
Tuesday 28 August
- Tournament of the Minds, St Mary’s College (Senior School).
Wednesday 29 August
- P&F Father’s Day Breakfast, College Green (‘top ground’), (7.30-8.30am).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Mary Clingeleffer (Year 8), pictured above, who earned the Year 7/8 Water Polo MVP award for her stellar performance in the Year 7/8 Water Polo grand final recently.
- Amelie Cox (Year 8), who has been selected as goalie for the U16 Tasmanian state water polo team. Samantha Rickwood (Year 8) is also on the team. The girls will be competing in the National Aged Club Championships to be held in October.
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It's showtime: Musical week is here!
The big week of performances is finally here. We hope you got in early because all our shows of our College musical, Beauty and the Beast, have SOLD OUT!
Our talented cast of senior students from St Mary’s and St Virgil’s College has been busy rehearsing and doing interviews in preparation for this highly anticipated production. You may have spotted them in the Mercury’s Pulse section last week, heard them on the Jimmy and Nath Hit 100.9 FM radio show on Monday morning or caught them on WIN News on Tuesday night.
We can’t wait until opening night on Thursday 16 August! Congratulations to all students and staff involved, including the 30-plus students and staff contributing to the band and backstage crew.
Alumni invited to attend College Colours Cocktail Party
St Mary’s College Alumni are warmly invited to attend the annual College Colours Cocktail Function, which this year will be held at Providence House, Sandy Bay on Friday 24 August from 6.30pm.
RSVP by Friday 17 August. Please refer to the invitation below for more details.
Changes to Metro bus route 245AM
Metro Tasmania has made some changes to the school bus departure times for route 245AM, which will come into effect on Monday 20 August.
For more information, including the revised schedule, please refer to the letter linked below.
School bus information timetables and maps can also be found on the Metro Tasmania website here: https://www.metrotas.com.au/schools/st-marys-college/
SMC welcomes STEM professionals
On Friday 10 August, students at St Mary’s College joined more than 350 schools across Australia in welcoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals into their classroom as they kicked off National Science Week celebrations.
STEM professionals from across the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Defence Science and Technology group took part in the initiative, with the College welcoming Dr Annie Foppert from the CSIRO, who spoke to students about her research work, which focuses on the dynamics of large-scale ocean currents.
Students were also joined on the day by Senator for Tasmania, Jonathon Duniam, who reinforced the national importance of STEM for Australia’s future.
Facilitated by the CSIRO, the STEM in Schools event aims to make STEM careers more visible and relatable by inviting STEM professionals into the classroom to share their work and their stories with students.
Presentation schools demonstrate how they 'light their way'
Over the course of the last week, students from 13 Presentation schools from across Australia gathered at St Mary’s College for the biennial Nagle Education Alliance of Australia Student Leadership Conference.
The four-day event saw 78 student delegates join to share their experiences of the common charism between the schools as they explored the past, present and future of Nagle Education in Australia. The conference opened with an evening of presentations and films, where each school demonstrated how they ‘light their way’ in their school community, with students engaging in discussions about social justice and faith, and sharing their passion for leadership.
A day of excursion took delegates to Risdon Cove, where they learnt about our past, and gained an understanding of Moomairremener people and the continuing people and culture that exists in Tasmania. We continued to St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Richmond and walked the journey of the first Presentation Sisters in Australia. We all felt the connection of being able to visit the hall at Richmond, which the Presentation Sisters made their very first classroom in Australia. This was brought to life with the wisdom and knowledge of our College Archivist, Margaret Rootes. We then celebrated Mass with Fr Brendan Connell in the church of St John the Evangelist. The day concluded with our guests having the opportunity to explore the historic village of Richmond.
We also had a day exploring the reality of our present. During the day at St Mary’s, students explored current human rights issues with guest speaker, Molly Gerke (Alumni and International Presentation Association delegate to the United Nations). Singer/songwriter, Trish Watts engaged students with their heart response through connecting music, body and spirit. Students also created a combined artwork under the direction of our Principal, Helen Spencer and learnt the skill of Peer Mentoring from senior students of St Mary’s College. Activities were capped off with a conference dinner as Trish told of her journey to Asia and her plight to help, ‘Cambodia Sing’.
During our final day together, 75 students from Presentation primary schools, including St Mary’s, St Cuthbert’s and St Bridget’s, arrived for our student leaders to demonstrate their newly developed mentoring skills.
The week concluded with a moving Presentation School Assembly which included a range of creative sharing to consolidate the learnings from the conference. Student leaders shared their newfound wisdom and gave examples of how they planned to share their experiences in the schools and communities they returned to.
The rich charism of Nano Nagle was evidenced in the deep and heartfelt commitment of all our schools and student leaders. It was certainly a privilege for St Mary’s College to host such a formative experience. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making our conference such a powerful event.
Director of Identity and Mission
Book Week newsflash!
Come and find your treasure next week!
Book Week (18-24 August) hits our school next week and there are many activities for your child to enjoy, from colouring and poster design competitions to a treasure hunt. Much excitement is also building for our annul book character dress-up parade on Wednesday 22 August. The senior classes are holding their parade at lunchtime in the library, and the Junior School will kick-off at 1.45pm on the College Green (‘top ground’). Should the weather be unkind, we will move it indoors to the Nagle Centre.
Change to Book Fair dates
Unfortunately, due to a system glitch at Scholastic Australia, we have had to postpone our Book Fair. Students will now view the stock on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August to create their wish lists, and book sales will run from Monday 3 September to Wednesday 5 September. We apologise for any inconvenience, and hope that you will still be able to support such a fantastic event that not only benefits you, but the SMC library also.
We are looking forward to celebrating our love of books with you!
Marylouise Jones and Abigail Ball
Opening of Year 6 Parliament
Friday 3 August was the official opening of our Year 6 SMC Parliament for 2018. Thank you to guest speakers, Lucy Eade and Brianna McVilly (Year 10) who presented the parliament badges. We also welcomed special guests, the Sisters of the Immaculata.
Junior School drilled on home fire safety
Prep to Year 6 have received the latest training in fire safety this week. The program educates young people about basic home fire safety including actions like ‘stop, drop, rock ‘n’ roll’.
Thanks to Tasmania Fire Service for coming to the College to help keep our children safe.
Year 7/8 water polo victory
Congratulations to the St Mary’s Year 7/8 Blue Water Polo team on winning their grand final recently! The girls played against Kingston High School and finished the game 7-2.
The players were:
Term 2, 2018 sports wrap
…And what a term it was. Continue reading for all the latest in sports highlights and game recaps from the Senior School.
Congratulations to the College’s 2nd Grade netball team on winning their final against Guilford Young College.
A special shout-out also goes out to our 1st Grade and Year 7 Green teams for making the finals and falling just short to finish as runners-up.
Congratulations to SMC’s 1st Grade team on finishing top of the table for the third year running. The girls have now hit the ground running ahead of their SATIS Winter Final, which will be played on Wednesday 26 September.
As mentioned above, the St Mary’s Year 7/8 Blue team took out top honours in the girls’ Year 7/8 division, beating Kingston High School 7-2 in the grand final.
MVP Award – Across the whole Year 7/8 Division: Mary Clingeleffer (Year 8).
St Mary’s 1st Grade Best and Fairest Awards:
Netball: Alanna Cooper (Year 11)
Hockey: Julia Gunn (Year 11)
Thank you to parents!
St Mary’s College had a total of eight teams across all Year 7-12 netball rosters; three water polo teams and a 1st Grade hockey team during Term 2, which amounts to more than 100 students participating in sports and 15 coaches.
A big thank you goes out to the parents who volunteered their time to help during the season, as well as the many St Mary’s students who umpired our home netball games.
Parents and Friends update
Urgent: Helpers needed for 150th Grand Bazaar
It’s almost time for our next big 150th anniversary event – the Grand Bazaar! Taking place on Sunday 21 October, the event is exactly like the regular College fair, but with a bit more of an ‘old school’ flair, as it acknowledges the very first fundraiser for St Mary’s College 150 years ago (also called the Grand Bazaar).
Planning for the fair is well underway, but we are in urgent need of volunteers and assistance, including stall helpers and donations for our chocolate wheel. If you can lend a hand, please let me know.
Likewise, if you have a business, or know of a business that you think may be able to help, we would welcome donations with open arms. Alternatively, if you have something personally to donate, we would love that too! Donations can be left at the school office, or if you would like them collected please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Bazaar poster competition
We are delighted to announce that Lily Barnett (Year 1) has been named the winner of the 2018 Grand Bazaar poster competition. Lily, whose colourful design is pictured below, will receive $20 to spend at the fair. Congratulations, Lily, and well done to all Junior School students who entered the competition, including runners-up Sophia Bearman (Year 5) and Isabella Harman (Year 4). Prizes can be collected on fair day at the fish and chips stall.
Father’s Day breakfast
All members of the College community are welcome to attend our Father’s Day Breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday 29 August from 7.30-8.30am on the College Green (‘top ground’).
The morning will be a special celebration of our dads and male role models, with sausages, eggs and bacon on the menu to satisfy hungry bellies. If you would like to assist on the day, please email email@example.com
Please return outstanding Entertainment Books
We still have 50 books that have not been returned. If you have a book and you are not going to keep and pay for it, please return it to the College Business Office as soon as possible or invoices will be distributed.
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop update
Cardigans now in-store
Cardigans are now available to purchase for students in Year 3-12.
The cardigans, which were previously only worn by Year 11 and 12 students, will make a smart addition to the College uniform.
Please note, the cardigan is an optional winter uniform item.
Please visit the Uniform Shop page of our website for school uniform requirements and pricing, and regular trading hours.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
What: St Virgil’s College Open Day
An interactive principal’s tour of the College’s Senior School.
Where: St Virgil’s College, 195 Main Road, Austins Ferry.
When: Friday 31 August, 9.00-10.30am.
RSVP: Monica Nugent, College Registrar – T: 6249 6519, E: email@example.com
All enrolment information: www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au
*Please note that 2020 Year 7 enrolments close September 14.
What: Para-Sport Talent Search
Where: Moonah Sports Centre, 17 Gormanston Road, Moonah.
When: Sunday 7 October.
More information: Please click on the link below for a fact sheet from the Australian Paralympic Committee on the 2018 Talent Search Program.