From the Principal
The recent Kinder and Prep to Year 2 Athletics Carnivals showcased enthusiasm and participation at their best! Five-year-olds know how to be delighted with having a go. They jumped as hard as they could in sack races and it didn’t seem to matter if they finished first or last. It was a beautiful reminder of the call to the simplicity of the good things in life.
Simplicity is one of the values of the Presentation Sisters and as ‘Presentation people’, we try and take it on. It is a big challenge for us in this age of complexity, as I have said before. Perhaps, if we can unearth this simplicity within ourselves, we can be the truly extraordinary people that God intends each of us to be.
Please keep our older students in your prayers as they sit their exams. Included below is a simple approach to prayer…
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Identity and Mission
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 15 – Monday 20 November
- St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition.
Wednesday 15 – Thursday 23 November
- TASC examinations.
Thursday 16 November
- Kinder 2018 Pre-Kinder Program (Kinder Wallabies) (9.30-10.30am).
- JSSATIS Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (9.30am-2.30pm).
- Excursion: Year 1E to TMAG and Mures.
- St Mary’s College Art Exhibition Opening Night, Senior Common Room (6.00-7.30pm).
Friday 17 November
- Excursion: Year 7B and 7C HaSS to Hobart Town Hall.
- Back-up day for JSSATIS Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (9.30am-2.30pm).
Tuesday 21 November
- Year 10 study day.
- Kinder 2018 Pre-Kinder Program (Kinder Koalas) (9.30-10.30am).
- Presentation Day Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral (12.00pm).
Wednesday 22 – Monday 27 November
- Year 10 examinations.
Wednesday 22 November
- Excursion: Kindergarten classes to Bellerive Beach Park.
Friday 24 November
- Excursion: Year 7A HaSS to Hobart Town Hall.
- Year 12 Leavers’ Dinner, Hobart Function Centre.
Tuesday 28 November
- Year 10 ‘Great Race’.
- Kindergarten Orientation Day, Nagle Centre (9.15-11.30am).
Wednesday 29 November
- Prefect and Peer Mentor handover.
- Year 10 examination feedback.
- Excursion: Year 7D to Mary’s Grange (10.45am-12.15pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Alana Bellette, Eloise Deconinck, Spriha Paudel, Chloe Cooper, Saakshi Dhakal and Keeley Hine-Haycock (Year 10) whose extended science investigations have all been approved for a CSIRO Gold CREST medal – the highest possible award a student in Australia can receive for a science investigation in the CSIRO CREST program.
- Lydia Attrill (Year 11), who has been chosen to run in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The baton will be in Hobart in February next year, before it makes its way to the Gold Coast for the Opening Ceremony in April.
St Mary's College Student Art Exhibition - Opening Night
Please join us at the College tomorrow evening (Thursday 16 November) for a special viewing of the outstanding artwork our Year 9-12 students have produced this year.
The opening night of the 2017 St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition will take place from 6.00pm in the Senior Common Room (Mary Morgan Wing, level 2 – directly opposite the ‘top ground’).
Along with the opportunity to view the showcased works, the evening will include a special guest address and the presentation of the prestigious 2017 Art Awards and Art Acquisitions, which recognise those students who have delivered outstanding results and dedication to art.
Enjoy refreshments in the exhibition space, while also admiring the artwork on display in the corridors on level 1 and 2, and in the art and new media classrooms.
St Mary’s College wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support and generosity in helping bring this event to fruition:
Derwent Ceramic Supplies
Family database update
Parents and caregivers were emailed a database update on October 10, 2017. This is an important update and information contained contributes to our funding by the government.
Please complete your database form by November 30, 2017.
If you have any queries regarding the update, please email our Student Database Officer, Alannah Onn, at email@example.com
2018 governance arrangements for systemic schools
Please click the following link to download a letter from the Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous, regarding the governance arrangements for systemic schools for 2018.
Making waves: Kids in the studio
St Mary’s College students, Mia Anderson, Rianna Scott (Year 4), Ava McInerney (Year 8), William Anderson and Lachlan Mapley (Year 1) had the chance to imagine what a career in radio could be like when they swapped the classroom for the Triple M studio in Hobart recently.
The excursion was conducted as part of an experiment with Questacon, whose science graduates were in Hobart recently to present their travelling science circus.
Much to our students’ delight, the fun continued long after the experiment concluded, with radio hosts, Dave Noonan and Al Plath, offering the girls and boys a guest spot on their show.
Jumping at the chance to go ‘on air’, the children learned the ropes quickly and were soon helping to host the famous ‘Hobart Cash Quiz’.
Each student was given their very own headset to wear during the segment and represented St Mary’s College beautifully when speaking live on the radio.
Questacon Science Circus sparks new ideas
A series of crackling, fizzing, popping and banging could be heard coming from our Women in Science Centre last Friday – but don’t fear, our students weren’t in any danger.
The noises were actually the result of a lively science and technology show presented by The Shell Questacon Science Circus.
Designed to spark students’ interest in science, the fascinating experiments included a demonstration of what happens when a banana is submerged in liquid nitrogen and an air pressure test using a water bottle.
The science circus is a longstanding partnership between Questacon, Shell and The Australian National University.
St Mary's commemorates Remembrance Day
The College gathered in the Nagle Centre on 10 November to commemorate all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflict ahead of Remembrance Day (November 11).
The service was a special opportunity for St Mary’s College to honour and appreciate the efforts of those men and women who have served, and those who still serve in the Australian Defence Force and with our allies.
All staff and students then paused for a minute’s silence to reflect with a grateful heart.
Fun and friendship for all ages
St Mary’s College and the Freemasons Homes of Southern Tasmania have joined forces to prove that age is no barrier to fun and friendship.
As part of their Religious Education ‘Mission’ unit, the Year 4 classes paid a visit to the Freemasons aged care home at Lindisfarne.
The residents were treated to a morning of learning and laughter, as they shared stories with the girls, read books together and played card games. One group of students even joined in the facility’s exercise classes!
Following the excursion, students were asked to write a recount based on what they enjoyed about the experience. Several responses are provided below:
Ivy Lawson, 4BG
4BG and 4M went to the Freemasons Home for our Mission unit in Religion. I really enjoyed doing the exercise classes with the old people. We sat in a circle and played catching games with balls, where I would throw balls to them and they would throw it back. We also went to their rooms and gave them flowers. We talked to them and they were very friendly and enjoyed our company. In the end we also got ice cream! It was a really good experience and a great excursion.
Paige McKenzie, 4BG
Our class went to the Freemasons Home. Then we got partnered up with an elderly person. We had a lovely smart man; his name was Robert. We played lots of card games he taught us to draw lots of different things. We read him lots of books, and we gave all of the elderly a paper origami crane which looks like a swan, and then a little surprise came around – it was chocolate ice cream.
Amber Walter, 4BG
I enjoyed reading books to the elderly people. We read ‘What should I Choose?’ and ‘Too Many Sheep’. I liked talking to them because I learned what they did as a kid. I also liked talking to them because I knew they were lonely and then had someone to talk to. Our person was called Mel. She liked the flowers we gave to her, which were her second favourite flower – her favourite flower was a rose. She said she loved the origami crane. She was interested to know that they give you good luck.
Madison Mackey, 4BG
I enjoyed just sitting down chatting and finding out what they like to do and what they liked to do when they were little. I also liked playing cards with them. Robert was a lovely man and he also even taught me a new game, which was great, but the sad thing was we didn’t get to finish the game. I also loved looking at all the old photos. He showed me how much fun you can have without iPads or computers and TVs. I had so much fun. I even thought that my mum and I could go there sometimes and visit them.
Final week for Year 12s
Celebrations for the Year 12 graduating class of 2017 kicked off in the last week of October with the Graduation Mass and Ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral on October 31. Filled with smiles, tears and proud family members, staff and friends, it was a memorable occasion for all. There certainly wasn’t a dry in the church when staff gathered at the altar to sing The Blessing Song to their treasured pupils.
Festivities for the last day of school were in full swing on November 3 with ‘Under the Sea’ fancy dress, memorable assemblies, a surprise ‘Falls Festival 2017’ morning tea hosted by the Year 11s and the traditional Belling-out.
The Year 12s now bunker down to study for their final exams and will be rewarded with their Leavers’ Dinner on November 24 at the Hobart Function Centre. Their final celebration as a St Mary’s student in their green blazer for one last time will be on Prize Giving Night.
More photos from the week of celebrations can be viewed on our online photo galleries: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/
Congratulations to our College Prefects for 2018
Congratulations to our newly-elected Prefects for 2018. We wish you all the best as you serve the College body in the coming year and look forward to your valuable contribution.
Isobel Kuo (Head Prefect)
Olivia Eade (Deputy Prefect)
Sarah Cooper (Deputy Prefect)
Caitlin J Cooper
Welcoming new families to the College
St Mary’s College was delighted to welcome new families to the Junior School this morning for our Prep to Year 6 Orientation Day.
The morning was a chance for parents to familiarise themselves with the different facets of the College in preparation for their son and/or daughter commencing their education journey with St Mary’s in 2018.
The event also provided families the opportunity to hear advice from our various presenters and support staff, including College Principal, Helen Spencer, Director of Junior School, Brigid Knight, Deputy Director of Junior School, Glynis Devereux, Director of Pedagogy (K-12), Tameika Grist, Learning Support Coordinator, Louise Davidson, and Business Office Manager, Louise Winburn.
Families were escorted by our Year 6 students to their child’s respective class groups, where they met and mingled with our wonderful class teachers and Junior School pupils.
Our Kindergarten Orientation Day will take place on Tuesday 28 November from 9.15-11.30am in the Nagle Centre.
2018 Alumni Committee announced
On Saturday 4 November 2017, the St Mary’s Alumni Committee held its Annual General Meeting (AGM), mass and annual reunion.
At the AGM, a new committee comprising the following individuals was elected for 2018:
Presidents: Brigid Shea and Brigitte Gralak
Secretary: Vicki Turvey
Treasurer: Alyssa Barrett
Committee members: Megan Rootes, Kylie Barrett-Famularo, Laura Browell, Dana Gerke, Marg Rootes, Jenna Bowling and Anne Morrison.
Happy snaps: Action from our Junior School Athletics Carnivals
Ready, set, GO!
Visit our online photo galleries here for snapshots from our recent Kindergarten and Prep to Year 2 Athletics Carnivals.
Both events were held recently on the College Green and created quite a stir among our junior sports stars, who enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a fun-filled day of running races and novelty activities.
SSATIS basketball grand slam
Our Year 8 SSATIS basketball team has capped off a successful season on the court, winning their Southern Grand Final against Mount Carmel College on November 1.
The team put in a strong effort to take out the game with a score of 44-24. Well done, girls!
SMC gets into the spirit of cheerleading
St Mary’s College Year 7 students are more pumped up than usual since kick-starting their cheerleading unit at the Kingborough Sports Centre.
The unit is supported with funding from the Federal Government’s Sporting Schools program, which aims to build relationships with sporting clubs and schools in a bid to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school.
As the budding cheerleaders they are, the girls have embraced with program with much enthusiasm and are working towards creating a fully choreographed routine.
Watch the girls in action here: https://www.facebook.com/169490649727861/videos/1786006928076217/
St Mary's dominates regional basketball tournament
St Mary’s had three teams compete in the Basketball Tasmania High School Regional Tournament held in Hobart last weekend: Year 7/8 Division 1, Year 7/8 Division 2 and Year 9/10 Division 1.
Our Year 7/8 Division 1 girls had an outstanding weekend, going through undefeated to win their grand final on Sunday afternoon. They have now been invited to compete in the state final to be held in Launceston on the weekend of November 25-26.
We kindly thank Ashley Banks for coaching the girls and Shellie Wilton for managing the team, and we wish them all well in Launceston.
Our Year 7/8 Division 2 girls enjoyed a fantastic weekend considering they were reduced in numbers and had to play a very even competition. The team came runners-up and should be very proud of their achievements.
A huge thank you to Daniel Marr for coaching and looking after the girls.
Our Year 9/10 Division 1 girls fared well in a tough competition, finishing fourth overall. The team enjoyed the weekend and the opportunity to play with their school mates.
We thank Robin Rhodes for coaching the girls and Wendy Studley for managing the team.
All girls should be congratulated for the way in which they represented their school and families. They displayed great sportsmanship and supported the other SMC teams with loud cheering when they were off the court.
St Mary’s College student and qualified basketball umpire, Taylor Lowry (Year 10) should be commended for her amazing efforts in refereeing the weekend games.
STCPSSA Athletics Carnival
Well done to all Year 3-6 students who participated in the recent STCPSSA Athletics Carnival. You all represented the College beautifully and should be very proud of your achievements.
A selection of photos from the event are featured below.
Parents and Friends update
Announcement of 2018 Parents & Friends Association
The Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting was held on November 7, with the new Parents and Friends Executive announced as follows:
President: Stacey Daley
Vice President: Jo Edwards
Secretary: Karen Cooper
Treasurer: Steve Isaac
Executive Committee: Mandy O’Connell, Tony O’Connell, Deanne Lamb, Andrew Pinelli, Katrina Berry, Simon Edwards, Robyn Partridge, Keren Golab, Fil De Cesare and Anet De Cesare.
Midford Uniform Shop update
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop school holidays trading hours for Term 4, 2017 and Term 1, 2018 can be viewed on the College website at the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
Uniform Shop Manager
When: 2018 Junior Team Tryouts will be held over three sessions in early December 2017.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org