From the Principal
The rains have had a big impact on us as part of the wider Hobart community. There are many stories among us about flood damage and some scary moments. We are lucky there was no tragic loss of life. I’m appreciative of the way our St Mary’s community handled the situation and the supportive stance of the parent community. I hope the impact on you was not too great. If it has created financial hardship for you, please get in touch and we can make an arrangement to assist regarding school costs.
150th birthday celebrations
Last week we celebrated our 150th birthday at Government House, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Grand Chancellor Federation Ballroom. A large team of more than 30 staff, parents and alumni worked doggedly to ensure the events were highly successful and great fun.
Thank you to this team, particularly the leadership of Chris Ryan, Jo Messer and Melissa McLeod, and the wisdom of Tom Dorey who instigated the 150th Committee four years ago.
Challenging learning with James Nottingham
On Friday staff are welcoming visionary educator, James Nottingham from the United Kingdom. I’ve googled and found the following on James, so I can give you a snapshot of who he is!
‘Before training to be a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross, and as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first-class honours degree in education (a major turnaround after having failed miserably at school). He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the UK before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million-pound regeneration project supporting education, public and voluntary organisations across north east England. As well as headlining significant national and international conferences himself, James often presents alongside Carol Dweck (Mindset) and John Hattie (Visible Learning). Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) describes James as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development” and the Observer newspaper in the UK listed him among the Future 500 – a “definitive list of the UK’s most forward-thinking and brightest innovators”.’
It is quite a coup that James accepted our invitation to work with us. James’ presence is a significant step in us becoming the best educators in Australia! And we are heading that way all in the interests of your sons and daughters.
Thank you to our P&F
Thanks to the dads on the Parents and Friends Committee who cooked up such a lovely breakfast for Mother’s Day. Thanks to all who came and to the Kindergarten mums who came in for the Kindergarten Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. We wish our Year 12 mothers well for their Mother’s Day Breakfast tomorrow.
A blessing for mothers…
Latest from the blogs
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Learning and Teaching
The vision: The future, inspired from the past
Tameika Grist, Director of Pedagogy (K-12)
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 May
Thursday 17 May
- Year 12 Mother’s Day Breakfast, Year 11-12 Common Room (7.00-8.30am).
- Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia executive meeting, Fahan School (4.15pm).
Friday 18 May
- Student Free Day/Study Day for all students (K-12).
Sunday 20 May
- Sacrament of Confirmation, St Mary’s Cathedral (10.30am).
Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 May
- Year 9 Activity Days.
Monday 21 May
- Kindergarten 2019 first round offers released.
- SMC Board meeting, College board room (5.45pm).
Tuesday 22 May
- Excursion: Kindergarten Wallabies to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (9.30am-12.00pm).
Wednesday 23 May
- Excursion: Prep classes to State Library of Tasmania (10.30am-12.30pm).
- Excursion: Year 1 classes to State Library of Tasmania (10.30am-12.30pm).
Friday 25 May
- Excursion: Kindergarten Koalas to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (9.30am-1.00pm).
Wednesday 30 May
- SSATIS Cross Country Carnival, Rokeby (9.00am-3.00pm).
- Time and Space: Year 8 Mother and Daughter Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (6.45pm for a 7.00pm start).
Congratulations to the following students:
Amy Prokopiec (Year 10), who, following her recent success at the Dallas International Girls Cup 2018, has been selected in the Tasmanian U17 girls’ soccer team. The team will travel to Canberra at the end of this month to compete in the National Training Centre (NTC) Girls Challenge against all other Australian states.
SMC’s U7 boys’ soccer team on their recent season-opening win against Taroona Primary School. The boys fought hard to end the game with a final score of 4-0.
Let's create some Time and Space
After four years of rave reviews, St Mary’s College is delighted to once again offer the Time and Space program, facilitated by Bill Jennings.
Bill is the creator and founder of ‘Time and Space’, a service he has developed to give people just that – time and space for parents and their children to share important moments together in a school community setting.
The mother/daughter night for Year 8 students and their mother/female mentor will take place on Wednesday 30 May in the College’s Mary Morgan Wing, from 6.45pm – 9.15pm.
The father/daughter night for Year 7 students and their father/male mentor will take place on Thursday 31 May in the College’s Mary Morgan Wing, from 6.45pm – 9.15pm.
For more information and to register, please visit the College website here: www.smc.tas.edu.au/lets-create-some-time-and-space/
As part of always striving to go ‘One Pace Beyond’ as a College community, it is important that we are never satisfied with the status quo. From time to time, we seek to survey parents, students and staff in order to celebrate the things we do well as a College and to identify areas for further improvement.
Each member of the St Mary’s College community is requested to complete a satisfaction survey, which will be available online until Tuesday 22 May 2018.
There are three surveys: A Student Satisfaction Survey, a Staff Climate Survey and a Parent Opinion Survey. Each group has been emailed a unique link to the appropriate survey. The link to the parent survey is provided below.
The surveys are completely anonymous and will be externally collated and analysed by an independent company so that the College can benefit from this valuable feedback. The surveys are in a concise multiple-choice format and should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete.
Thank you in anticipation for taking the time to provide feedback on the College. It is very much appreciated!
Changes to Metro bus services
Metro Tasmania has introduced a series of alterations to its Hobart bus services from Sunday 13 May 2018.
These alterations will affect a number of departure points in Hobart City – Northern Suburb Services and Hobart City – Eastern Shore Services.
Please refer to the letter, shared on our website here for more details about these changes:
Further information regarding other Metro services can be found on the Metro website: https://www.metrotas.com.au
Reminder: Friday 18 May is a Student Free Day
Families are reminded that Friday 18 May 2018 is a Student Free Day (Study Day) at St Mary’s College. The school will be closed to students on this day to allow for staff professional learning and development.
Students will return to school on Monday 21 May 2018, which means you can all enjoy an extra-long weekend!
Reflecting on a week of celebrations and memories
This past week has been an eventful and meaningful one in the history of St Mary’s College, as we gathered as a school community to celebrate a sesquicentenary of educating young boys and girls in the Presentation tradition.
150th Anniversary Cocktail Party | Government House Tasmania | Thursday 10 May
Our planned program of milestone anniversary events commenced on Thursday 10 May with a cocktail party hosted the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, and Mr Richard Warner at Government House Tasmania.
One hundred and fourteen invited guests attended the reception – including staff, parents and friends of the College and other dignitaries, which marked the College’s long and generous contribution to the greater Hobart community.
Set in the magnificent surrounds of the ball room, the warm and dignified occasion was a wonderful opportunity for attendees to connect and mingle with one another, while escaping the evening’s torrential rain and fierce wind.
150th Anniversary Gala Mass | St Mary’s Cathedral | Saturday 12 May
Our 150th Anniversary Gala Mass on Saturday 12 May was a beautiful and spiritual celebration of our 150th.
With enchanting music, a moving speech by College Head Prefect, Isobel Kuo; striking lanterns adorning the walls and spaces of St Mary’s Cathedral, and a very special lantern procession featuring our smallest and tallest students, the Mass will be ingrained in the hearts of our College community for a long time.
Thank you to the organisers of the Mass, Ruth Prichard, Sr Gabrielle Morgan, Andrew Clarke, Estelle Levy and Scott Weston, as well as Ruth and Christina Martini, and the many teachers who assisted with ensuring that the lantern reflections were prepared in time for the Mass.
While the unfavourable weather conditions forced the cancellation of the historic walking tours scheduled for that afternoon, College Archivist, Margaret Rootes generously opened Fermoy Cottage for visitors who were keen to view our historic memorabilia prior to Mass.
150th Anniversary Gala Dinner | Hotel Grand Chancellor | Saturday 12 May
The festivities kicked up a notch that evening, as our SMC community let their hair down – and kicked up their heels – at our gala dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
The event saw the venue’s Federation Ballroom packed to the rafters, as more than 640 guests were treated to a three-course meal, with the talented Australian Army Band Tasmania providing a live musical backdrop of smooth jazz tunes to keep feet tapping.
Everyone was in great spirits as we rejoiced in stories from days at St Mary’s and re-acquainted with old friends.
Thank you to Co-Chair of the SMC 150th Anniversary Committee, Josephine Messer, for doing a superb job as MC of the evening, and our guest speaker, Margaret Rootes, who regaled attendees with colourful anecdotes connected to the many great alumni of the College.
As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, Marg, pictured below, right, is writing a book that will feature the images of and stories about 150 people who have made significant contributions to the College community during its years of operations. To pre-order the book, click here.
The dinner formalities concluded with the cutting of the 150th birthday cake by Presentation Sisters, and a rousing rendition of our school song, the Alma Mater that echoed throughout the halls of the Grand Chancellor.
A photographic keepsake of the evening…
We are excited to announce that the professional photos taken at the 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available to view and purchase online via the link to the photographer’s website, provided below:
To sign in, select the event: St Mary’s 150th Anniversary Dinner and enter the access code: STMA5CA5D413
If you have any queries about the ordering process, please phone Michael Webb Photography: 0419 536 549
Thank you to all staff, students, parents and friends of SMC who helped to bring these events into fruition, and all who joined in the celebrations, especially those alumni who travelled from interstate.
Sharing the Nano Nagle traditions
SMC’s Director of Junior School, Brigid Knight, recently had the privilege of visiting St Ursula’s College Yeppoon, an all-girls’ Catholic Boarding and Day School in Yeppoon, Queensland.
A fellow Presentation school and member of the Nagle Education Alliance of Australia, St Ursula’s is also celebrating a very special milestone in 2018 – its centenary.
Brigid is pictured here presenting St Ursula’s Principal, Catherine Dunbar, with a Peter Barraclough print of St Mary’s College, as our contribution to commemorating the school’s 100th birthday.
To read more about the NEAA, please visit the website here: http://www.neaa.edu.au/about-us/who-we-are
Australian Diamonds star inspires SMC's future netballers
We were so fortunate to have Australian Diamonds netballer and Commonwealth silver medallist, Madi Robinson visit St Mary’s College on Thursday 10 May.
Madi, who is captain of the Collingwood Magpies – one of the teams that play in the Suncorp Super Netball season, spoke to our senior girls about leadership, resilience, her journey to the Commonwealth Games and how a healthy body and mind is paramount to success.
Thanks for your time, Madi, and to the crew at Netball Tasmania who organised the session.
If you missed the coverage on Southern Cross News Tasmania, you can view the clip online here: https://youtu.be/L81yT_Xjfrs?t=13m9s
A special day to honour our mothers and grandmothers
On Wednesday 9 May we celebrated the love, compassion and dedication of our wonderful mums.
From 7.30am that morning, our leading ladies were treated to a breakfast feast provided by our generous and hard-working SMC dads. Thank you to the P&F Association for organising such a wonderful event for our school community.
Our Kindergarten boys and girls also had the opportunity to shower their mums with love and affection on May 9, as they hosted a special afternoon tea in their classrooms, complete with yummy food and lots of singing.
Thank you to all our mums, grandmothers and female mentors for all that you do in making our world so wonderful and bright.
More photos are on our online gallery: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/
Getting tech savvy…
Year 4 Bluegums put an innovative spin on their Mother’s Day gifts this year.
Lindy Lack’s class created pictures representing their mothers using the Word Cloud app. The girls wrote words that described their mothers, chose colours and fonts, as well as the arrangement of words. They then added a border and framed them. Impressive!
Register your child for ICAS English in 2018
ICAS English 2018
St Mary’s College Year 3-6 students have the opportunity to participate in International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English in 2018.
ICAS is a skills development assessment program in key areas of learning for students.
The assessments, which have taken place annually in schools for more than 30 years and in 20 countries, are designed and delivered by Educational Assessment Australia, the not-for-profit arm of the University of New South Wales.
The English competition will be held on Tuesday 31 July 2018.
For more information about ICAS, or to register your child for this competition, please email the College’s Extension Program teacher, Jenny Noble, at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1.
Australian Mathematics Competition 2018
If you would like your Year 3-6 daughter to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition 2018, run by the Australian Mathematics Trust, please also email Jenny (see details above) by June 1.
The Mathematics competition will be held on Thursday 9 August 2018.
Training workshops for parents with teens and pre-teens
TeenWise workshop: Friday 27 May 2018
With increased exposure to screen time, early introduction of social media and the abundance of information at their fingertips, teenagers today are faced with a myriad of challenges which can cause pressure and struggle.
‘TeenWise’, a one-day workshop presented by family therapist, Nicole Kingston, will explore why teenagers are struggling and will equip parents with a deeper understanding of how to help their son/daughter not only survive, but thrive.
Nicole will draw on her own personal experience of raising four children, as well as her professional knowledge, tips, strategies and insights, to cover topics such as screen/gaming addiction, coping with social media, self-harm, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
To read more about Nicole and the programs and services she provides, visit www.nicolekingston.com/biography
Please refer to the flyer below for more information.
LIVE parenting webinar: Thursday 14, 21 and 28 June 2018
‘Talk Less Listen More’ offers parents simple and practical strategies that will make a big difference to children’s behaviour by teaching them to develop self-control and resilience.
The Talk Less Listen More program is joining forces with psychologist, author and former teacher, Michael Hawton to present a live webinar for parents all over Australia.
To enrol, visit www.parentshop.com.au/talk-less-listen-more-live
Please refer to the flyer below for more information.
College family needed for boarding student
The College is seeking a family to host a current Year 7 student from Sunday evenings through to Friday mornings (school days only) on a temporary basis.
This would be a paid agreement based on negotiation (the duration of the boarding arrangement is yet to be confirmed).
This arrangement is necessary because the family currently lives at a distance from St Mary’s College which makes daily travel to and from unfeasible.
The family does not feel comfortable for the student to stay in a hostel accommodation and would prefer a family situation for her.
If you would like more information, please contact Deputy Principal, Jacqueline Conboy by emailing email@example.com
Thank you in advance.
Kerry Hennessy presented with TCEC award
We were delighted to welcome back much-loved and respected former SMC staff member, Kerry Hennessy and his lovely wife, Denise, to the College recently.
Kerry was presented with his TCEC award for Outstanding Service as an Employee within Catholic Education (he was overseas at the time of the awards ceremony earlier this year).
Of course, in true Kerry Hennessy fashion, our favourite whacky professor didn’t miss the chance to dress up in costume.
Kerry arrived at the College wearing a tiger suit, before changing into attire perhaps better suited for afternoon tea.
Congratulations on your achievements, Kerry!
St Mary's College Uniform Committee
If you would like to discuss the current school uniform and help create a clear guide to what our St Mary’s College uniform should look like, please join the SMC School Uniform Committee and have your say.
Meetings will be held once or twice each term at the College. If you are interested in attending, please contact Director of Junior School, Brigid Knight: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any thoughts or feedbacks regarding the school uniform, please email Brigid.
Students tackle cross country challenge
Well done to all those students who participated in the Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnival on Monday 14 May.
This year’s carnival was held under clear skies at Soldier’s Memorial Oval, Queens Domain, with students embracing the brisk autumn air.
It was fantastic to see students ramping up the positive energy on the day, as they cheered on and encouraged their peers from the sidelines.
Thank you to all organisers, parents and officials for helping make the day such a great success. Full results will be released soon, so watch this space!
Photos are available to view on our online gallery: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Year-3-12-Cross-Country-Carnival
Wet weather fails to dampen House spirit
SMC’s College Prefects didn’t let a little rain and wind put a dampener on their House spirit last week.
With the Senior Athletics Carnival again cancelled due to inclement weather, the girls took it upon themselves to organise a house versus house dodgeball competition in the Nagle Centre at lunchtime later that week, followed by a friendly ‘dance-off’.
Well done to Manresa for taking out the dodgeball game, and thank you to our Prefect for Sport, Lydia Attrill, for sharing these photos – it’s clear that everyone had a fantastic time!
Parents and Friends update
The youngest in each family at St Mary’s College would have received the Entertainment Book last fortnight.
Want another book? You can still order copies through the following online link or at the SMC Business Office: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/24s0131
If you have purchased the online Entertainment Book, please be sure to send the original book that went home with your child back to the office.
It is important that the unused book is returned in good condition to the College. Please do not throw the book out, as the books are not free and will incur a payment if not returned. Letters will be sent home next week to serve as an extra reminder to families.
Funds raised through the sale of the Entertainment Book will go back to our children – for example, we have just purchased a number of Spheros (app-enabled robotic balls) for use in classrooms, with last year’s campaign contributing to the purchase of outdoor seating for the enjoyment of Senior and Junior School students.
If you have any questions regarding the Entertainment Book and your orders, or any general enquiries, email email@example.com. Please do not direct queries to the school office as this is a P&F initiative.
Thank you, in advance, for your support of this fundraising initiative. We hope you enjoy the book and make use of the many great deals it offers.
Mother’s Day Breakfast
The Mother’s Day Breakfast held on Wednesday 9 May 2018 was a fabulous success, with lots of children sharing pancakes and fruit with their mothers and special friends.
Big thanks must go to the P&F fathers who organised the event, with special thanks to Dylan Smith for making and donating the pancakes; Phil Cox for keeping the ladies happy with his coffee, and granddad, Glen Woolley for helping on the day.
We can’t wait until Father’s Day, so we can return the favour and spoil our dads!
Save the date – we have a ‘grand’ event in the pipeline
This year we are planning a huge fair to mark the 150th anniversary of St Mary’s College.
The ‘Grand Bazaar’ fair will be held on Sunday 21 October 2018, so please save the date – the day will be packed with activities for all family members.
If you can to lend a hand on this day, please contact Stacey Daley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – the more helpers we have on board, the more of a success the fair will be!
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop update
Term 2 trading hours
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 email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
What: National Walk Safely to School Day
Where: Held throughout Australia.
When: Friday 18 May 2018 (as this Friday is a student free day at St Mary’s College, why not enjoy a brisk walk around the block with your child, or if you are out and about, park at least 10 minutes from your destination and walk the rest of the way).
More information: http://www.walk.com.au/WSTSD/