From the Principal
Lots of our students are undertaking NAPLAN assessments this week, and for the first time it is being carried out with ICT. We had a hitch or two with the NAPLAN server but we will ensure students get the required time to do each assessment.
NAPLAN is designed to provide feedback to teachers about teaching coverage, and schools about the direction of resources. Statewide, it enables systems to make strategic decisions. For parents, it provides a point-in-time snapshot and perhaps a discussion starter for you and the teacher. I would strongly advise that students aren’t given their NAPLAN results as they seem to carry much more weight in students’ minds than they deserve. Even if results are good, all the evidence says that learners should be commended for effort and endeavour, not ability.
Thanks to the families who participated in the surveys managed by Catholic Education Tasmania. In the next Fountain I will provide a brief review of the findings of our Validation Panel for whom the survey data was meant for.
As the days get shorter, I offer Michael Leunig’s Autumn Prayer.
Oh easy-going, lovely natured thing
Come gently to this troubled life and bring
Good humour, sweet forgiveness, love and grace,
Bring gratitude and peace upon this place.
Feed our sorrows to the morning birds,
May their songs bring truth into our words,
In sadness let us feel each other’s worth,
Turns our lonely losses into the earth.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 16 May
- Excursion: Kinder Koalas to Woolworths (9.30am – 10.30am).
- Year 12 Theatre Performance production of ‘The Bleeding Tree’, St Peter’s Hall (7.00pm).
Friday 17 May – Friday 24 May
- Year 10 – 12 Overland Track (Outdoor Education).
Friday 17 May
- National Walk Safely to School Day
- Year 12 Theatre Performance production of ‘The Bleeding Tree’ St Peter’s Hall (7.00pm).
Tuesday 21 May
- Excursion: Year 4 to St Virgil’s College for STEM Day (1.30pm).
Wednesday 22 May
- Excursion: Year 3 to St Virgil’s College for STEM Day (1.30pm).
- Year 8 Debating – St Mary’s College v St Michael’s Collegiate Collegiate, MacKillop College (6.30pm).
- Year 9 Debating – St Mary’s College v St Michael’s Collegiate Collegiate, MacKillop College (7.20pm).
- Year 10 Debating – St Mary’s College v Clarence High, MacKillop College (8.20pm).
Thursday 23 May
- Excursion: Year 6 to Dru Point (9.00am).
- Excursions: Year 1-2 to TSO concert, Federation Concert Hall (10.00am).
- Year 6 Debating, St Michael’s Collegiate (4.30pm).
Monday 27 May
- St Mary’s College Board meeting, St Mary’s College boardroom (4.00pm – 5.30pm).
- P&F meeting, St Mary’s College boardroom (5.30pm).
Wednesday 29 May
- Pyjama Day and winter woolies donations (Kinder – Year 12).
- Novice Red Division Debating SMC v Clarence High School, Elizabeth College (7.15pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
Saakshi Dhakal (Year 12) and Emily Keane (Year 10) who competed in the UN Youth Evatt Tasmania last Friday. Representing Equatorial Guinea, they debated two heated topics of global concern: the conflict in Yemen and the UN Security Council’s role in assisting failing countries. Saakshi and Emily have been successful in moving through to the state finals.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Expressions of interest for the Youth Parliament Program
Registrations are now open for the 2019 Tasmanian Youth Parliament Program to be held in Hobart from the 14 – 20 July. This is run by the United Nations Youth Tasmania.
Youth Parliament provides students in Year 10 to 12 a unique opportunity to develop their skills in advocacy, their understanding of democratic processes, and their knowledge of local and global political issues.
Over the course of a week, participants will engage with a variety of educational workshops, speakers’ panels, policy development exercises and social activities, and will debate bills they have drafted in the Tasmanian Parliament House.
The cost of participation is $250, covering all accommodation, meals and transport throughout the week. Financial assistance is available for students who might not otherwise be able to attend. We are also able to help students seek independent sponsorship if they wish to do so.
Registrations close when we reach capacity, and places are strictly limited. Students can register here.
If you have any questions regarding the Youth Parliament Program, you can contact the Convener of Youth Parliament, Samantha Griffin, at email@example.com.
Woolworths Earn and Learn
St Mary’s will be participating in Woolworth’s Earn and Learn program this year. We’ll be earning equipment for the College from Wednesday 1 May until Thursday 25 June. To participate, simply collect your Earn and Learn stickers at the checkout and place them in the collection box, either in store or at the College in the Junior School courtyard. For more information, please visit their website.
Year 12 take to the stage
This Thursday and Friday (16 – 17 May) the Year 12 Theatre Performance class will entertain audiences with their production of the multi-award-winning Australian play The Bleeding Tree. Held at St Peter’s Hall, tickets are $5 at the door. Please note that this show deals with adult themes and issues and is intended for audiences over 15 years of age.
Election information from the TCEO
If you are interested in how factors in the upcoming Federal election can impact Catholic education in Tasmania specifically, please feel free to read information supplied by the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office here.
Students make her day
There were week-long celebrations at the College recently with a range of special events giving thanks to mums in the St Mary’s community. Despite a cold start, on Wednesday morning the P&F held its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast cooking up fluffy pancakes with cream and hot blueberries. Kinder students invited their mums to the classrooms for an afternoon tea where they were treated to some beautifully sung nursery rhymes. On Friday morning, mothers of Year 12 students were invited to breakfast in the Year 11 – 12 Common Room organised by the Prefects. The breakfast also helped raise funds for charity Share the Dignity. Photos from the events can be found here.
Nude Food Fridays
The St Mary’s College Green Team is pleased to announce that from now, every Friday is a Nude Food Friday.
Using too much plastic kills animals and hurts our environment, so every little bit we can do will help.
By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Five trillion plastic bags are used each year – that’s 160,000 per second, and Australians alone use over four billion plastic bags a year. We need to make some changes to help our environment now!
There will be a chart in every classroom to tally up the amounts of plastic in the class. Nudies have no rubbish in their lunch, including lunch orders, Rudies have one piece of rubbish or more. At the end of each term, the St Mary’s College Green Team will tally up the scores and the class with the most Nudies and the least Rudies over the course of the term will win a prize!
Tips to make positive changes:
- Try and buy bulk so there is less packaging and place your portion in a reusable container.
- If you have a salad or yogurt, make sure you bring your own reusable cutlery from home.
- Don’t wrap fruit in plastic, place it straight into your lunch box.
- Bento-style lunch boxes are a good option because they have lots of compartments to put your food in.
- Reusable lunch order bags are a great option for lunch orders
Clare Wanandy, Ellie Smith and Matilda Wise
Year 8 reach a learning peak
In Term 1, the Year 8 HaSS classes went on an excursion to kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
The purpose of our excursion was to learn about the environmental, economic and social considerations that influence how we value the mountain.
Before we went, the class researched kunanyi/Mount Wellington and its values. We learned about current land uses the advantages and disadvantages of the cable car proposal and the importance of land management within Wellington Park.
When we arrived, Ranger Ben talked to us about land uses and management.
We did some field work at the Springs and at the Pinnacle.
We would like to thank Ms Spencer, Mrs Walter, Mr Gaynor, and Ms McClean for accompanying us on this excursion. We had a great time.
Debaters ready to moot their case
The debating season is now underway with four enthusiastic teams, from Year 7 to 10, participating in the Tasmanian Debating Union competition.
Each week students meet to prepare their debates and represent the College in the fortnightly competition.
A wonderful group of Year 11 and 12 students assists in coaching these teams: Spriha Paudel, Eloise Deconinck, Saakshi Dhakal Chloe Cooper, Caroline Wilson and Charlotte Cleary.
Thank you also to Ms Goldsworthy for her wonderful work with the Year 10 team. If anyone would like to attend the debates this term, please go to the following website to see the competition times and locations: https://tdu.org.au/
Runners off to a flying start
Year 3 – 12 headed out to the Domain on Monday 13 May for the College’s annual Cross Country carnival. Students took the windy conditions in their stride and achieved some amazing results!
Photos from the day can be found here.
Update for Parents and Friends
How to return your Entertainment! book
If you’re not planning to purchase the Entertainment! books that were sent home in April, could you please return them to Student Services as soon as possible.
Second reminder letters will be sent to those who haven’t returned their books in the next couple of weeks.
If you would like to purchase a book, but haven’t yet received one, please do so from here.
Your 2018-19 Entertainment! book expires on 1 June.
Midford Uniform Shop
Soft shell jackets have returned to the Uniform Shop and can be purchased for $110.00.
Government changes to Graduated Licensing System
The Tasmanian Government is making changes to the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) for drivers:
- Introduction of an online Hazard Perception Test to progress to a P1 licence.
- Making the recommended 30 learner logbook hours in L1 mandatory. Increasing the total mandatory learner logbook hours to 80, with 50 required in L2.
- Introduction of 15 learner logbook hours of night-time driving in L2 (as part of the 50 hours).
- A total ban on use of mobile phones including hands free during the learner and provisional licence periods.
- A restriction on the carriage of more than one peer passenger (aged 16 to 21 years inclusive) at all hours during the P1 period for drivers aged under 25.
For more information about these changes, please the Tasmanian Transport website.
Coder College Programs
Coder College is running a ‘girls only’ course from Saturday 18 May to Saturday 22 June at a cost of $180 (plus GST) per person. The course will be held at 6 Midwood St, New Town. For more information about any coding courses, please visit Coder College’s website – https://codercollege.com.au.
Book launch at The Hobart Bookshop
How far would you go to save your school from Men in Suits a.k.a. Alien Lizard Men? Juno Jones and her friends will do anything. Teacher Miss Tippett has a plan, but it involves a lot of reading. Juno Jones, a Kid Who Doesn’t Like Reading must become…a WORD NINJA! Complete with jokes and drawings and killer mermaids, and of course ninjas, Juno’s adventures in text will appeal to even the pickiest of young readers.
Kate Gordon will be launching her book ‘Juno Jones, world ninja’ at the Hobart Bookshop on Saturday 26 May at 3.00pm.