From the Principal
You would be hard done by not to know the Grand Bazaar is on this weekend. This celebration recognises our 150-year history, as well as the life of our current College community. Thanks in anticipation to all families and staff who have made preparations. If you haven’t been to one before, you won’t be disappointed – there is something for everyone. See you there!
Term 4 is a busy term for the College. With swimming lessons, graduations, picnics, exams and prize-givings, we will surely be worn out by its end. Despite its liveliness, in classrooms teachers are focusing on curriculum and ensuring students get the outcomes of which they are capable. It is important for the older students to maintain a homework routine, and every student should be reading outside of school each day.
Oscar Romero was made a saint over the weekend. He was a great man, who in the 1970s was called to lead the Catholic Church in El Salvador. When many were silent, Romero stood and proclaimed freedom, human rights and stood up to the political turbulence that was denigrating human life. These inspiring words are attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never spoken by him…
In memory of Saint Oscar Romero (1917–1980)
A Future Not Our Own
It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realising this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.
God bless us as we go about building the Reign of God this term.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 17 October
- 150 Faces of St Mary’s College book launch, Mary Morgan Wing (5.30pm).
Thursday 18 October
- Vinnies Quiz Night, Mary Morgan Wing (5.45pm for a 6.00pm start).
Friday 19 October
- Raffle tickets for the Grand Bazaar Giant Trailer Hamper Raffle to be returned today.
Saturday 20 October
- Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council Annual Conference and AGM, St Paul’s Catholic Primary School (10.00am-3.30pm).
- Rowing Cocktail Party, New Town Bay Rowing Centre (7.00pm for 7.30pm start).
Sunday 21 October
- 150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar, St Mary’s College (11.00am-2.00pm).
Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 October
- Year 5 Camp, Blue Lagoon, Dodges Ferry.
Tuesday 23 October
- Excursion: Kinder Wallabies to Campbell Street Woolworths.
Wednesday 24 October
- Bandanna Day / Crazy Sock Day (K-12).
Thursday 25 October
- Public holiday: Royal Hobart Show.
Friday 26 October
- Student Free Day/Study Day (K-12).
Monday 29 October
- Opening and naming of the Learning Hub (10.30am-12.00pm).
- P&F meeting and AGM, St Mary’s College (5.30pm).
Tuesday 30 October
- Rowing Committee Meeting, St Virgil’s College Junior School (4.30pm).
- Graduation Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral (7.00pm) followed by supper in the Mary Morgan Wing.
Wednesday 31 October
- Kindergarten Athletics Carnival, College Green (‘top ground’) (1.00-2.45pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Lara Schultz and Bellah Parker (Year 7), who represented Tasmania in the Basketball Australia 2018 Australian U14 Girls’ Club Championships, which were held recently in Shepparton, Victoria. The team finished an impressive 14th out of 24 teams and played against some of the best clubs in the country.
- Lucy Eade and Sophie Williams (Year 10), who have earned a CSIRO Gold CREST award for their independent science investigations. The nationally recognised award is the highest accolade an Australian student can receive for a science investigation in the CSIRO CREST (Creativity in Science, Engineering and Technology) program.
- Julia Gunn (Year 11), who has earned selection in the Tasmanian Van Demons hockey team, which participates in the Australian Hockey League. Julia is poised to make her national debut in just six-months’ time, when she lines up against Hockeyroos stars playing for the NSW Arrows today.
- Shreya Karunakara (Year 9), Estella Edwards (Year 7), Stefani Khoo (Year 7), Natalie De Cesare (Year 9) and Alyssa Lee (Year 9), who represented St Mary’s College and Tasmania at the International Tournament of Minds final held in Darwin. Fellow team members, Isabella Cox (Year 9) and Emily Walter (Year 8) were unable to attend the competition. While the girls didn’t win, they did an amazing job. More importantly, their teamwork and care for others was outstanding.
- Samantha Rickwood and Amelie Cox (Year 8), who competed in the Australian U16 Girls’ National Aged Club Championships, where they represented Tasmania in water polo.
- Taylah Pickett (Year 12), whose creative artwork was selected as part of Reconciliation Tasmania’s ‘Youth Speakout’ Project. Taylah has been invited to talk about her artwork at the Youth Speakout event, which is taking place tonight at the Hobart Town Hall.
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Vinnies Quiz Night 2018
Let’s get quizzical for a good cause!
Come along and put your knowledge to the test at the St Mary’s College Young Vinnies Quiz Night.
Students, parents, staff, alumni and friends of the College are invited to join us this Thursday 18 October at 6.00pm in the Mary Morgan Wing for a fun-filled evening of healthy competition and comradery.
Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from the College Business Office (Student Services), or you can sign up as a team (maximum 10 people per table).
Snacks and soft drinks will be available to buy on the night but feel free to bring your own food.
We hope to see you there! Please refer to the below flyer for more details.
SMC Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting
Mark your diaries! The St Mary’s College Alumni Association will be holding its Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 3 November.
Mass in the St Mary’s Cathedral will commence at 12.00pm followed by afternoon tea ($20) – including bubbles – and the AGM from 2.30pm at the College.
The meeting is a great opportunity for SMC alumni to meet up with old and new faces and share ideas on alumni programs and events.
In honour of our 150th anniversary year, each alumni will be invited to ring the school bell.
Please register your interest to attend by contacting the College Business Office on (03) 6108 2560, or follow the payment instructions on the flyer available on our website: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/past-scholars-association/
Year 12 Graduation Mass
St Mary’s College Principal, Helen Spencer and the 2018 Graduating Class of St Mary’s College request the company of parents and carers at the Graduation Mass, to be held on Tuesday 30 October at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Cathedral.
All are welcome to join us afterwards for supper in the Mary Morgan Wing.
Please RSVP by Friday 19 October to Kia Pelham: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6108 2560.
Year 6 takes on Canberra
As part of our Year 6 educational program, students study the qualities of good leadership and the importance of democracy.
On Sunday 23 September our Year 6 classes embarked on a five-day educational tour of Canberra, where they participated in a variety of programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The packed program included a visit to both the old and new houses of Parliament, the National Gallery, Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport, the National War Memorial and the Mint.
Along with many other cultural experiences, a visit to Floriade – flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park – is always a highlight of this memorable trip.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their national capital as part of their civics and citizenship education.
To assist parents in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program toward travel expenses incurred.
We know that this excursion was a rewarding and memorable experience for all students and would like to thank the Australian Government for their support.
Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
Congratulations to the following Year 3-12 students who received awards in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which was held at the College last month.
The winning house will be presented with the trophy at the next whole school assembly.
Fun facts about the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
- The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge started in Australia in 2014 through the CSIRO Education & Outreach program, Digital Careers. However, the Bebras Challenge has a long and world-wide history.
- Founded in 2004 by Professor Valentina Dagiene from University of Vilnius in Lithuania, the first Bebras challenge involved 3470 students from 146 schools.
- The Bebras Challenge has grown so much that there are now almost 60 countries, with more than 1.6 million students, participating last year alone!
- In case you’re wondering, Bebras is the Lithuanian word for ‘beaver’.
- The International Bebras Community chose this name because beavers endeavour for perfection in their everyday activities. They are known to be hard working and intelligent, so it’s only right that the challenge be named after them.
To find out more, please visit the website: https://www.bebras.edu.au/about-bebras/
Progressive Achievement Testing
This term, students in Year 1-9 will be participating in online Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT) online.
The test, which will take place during students’ normal class sessions, is used in thousands of schools in Australia and around the world.
The approach focuses on assessing and monitoring student growth over time and is underpinned by an understanding that students of the same age and in the same year of school can be at very different points in their learning and development.
Why do schools use PAT tests?
- They can be used to inform teaching and learning and to assist in planning effective and targeted learning programs.
- They provide a measure of student achievement in each learning area.
- There is a common achievement scale for all tests within a learning area (PAT scale scores allow teachers to compare achievement on the tests within each learning area regardless of year level and the specific test completed and to monitor progress over time).
- They are mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
- They provide overall descriptions of the types of skills mastered and those still to be developed based on test performance.
- Individual and group reports have automatically calculated scores and sorting functions that allow comparison of scores across students, strands, etc.
If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s participation in PAT at St Mary’s College, please contact Michelle Baker at email@example.com
St Mary's Undergraduate Scholarship
The Australian National University is offering scholarships valued at $5,000 per annum to prospective students from St Mary’s College who demonstrate strong academic merit, community involvement and leadership potential.
The aim of the scholarship, which is valid for the duration of the student’s undergraduate degree, is to support commencing students who must move away from home in order to undertake an undergraduate degree at ANU.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have:
- completed their Year 12 studies at St Mary’s College the year prior to commencing at ANU;
- met the minimum ATAR and/or minimum extra-curricular requirements for admission and will enrol into an undergraduate degree program at ANU.
Further details about this opportunity can be found on the College website at the following link: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/st-marys-college-undergraduate-scholarship/
For more information about the Australian National University, please visit the website at http://www.anu.edu.au/
Junior School mural in the making
Local artist Tom O’Hern has created a bit of a stir at the College this week.
The reason? He has started work on a mural in the Junior School line-up area, which will be completed during the school term.
Inspired by the names of our Junior School classes, the painting will feature native Australian flora and fauna, such as wallabies, wombats, bluegum and wattle.
Students and staff are looking forward to witnessing the piece evolve over the coming weeks!
Reminder: Second Annual Cocktail Party and Silent Auction Fundraiser
All current and past supporters of the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club are warmly invited to attend the club’s second annual cocktail party, which will be held this Saturday 20 October from 7.00pm at the New Town Bay Rowing Centre.
It’s set to be a fantastic night out, with highlights to include live entertainment by the Janelle Stowe trio, canapes, a free drink upon arrival and a silent auction fundraiser, with some exciting prizes up for grabs.
Last-minute tickets can be purchased at the door on the night for $40, from the St Mary’s College Business Office in person or by phoning 03 6108 2560, or from the St Virgil’s College Junior School Office.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase and maintenance of rowing boats, safety equipment and club facilities.
For event enquiries, or to express your interest in offering a donation, prize or voucher for the auction, please contact SMC Rowing Coordinator, Elizabeth Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, this is an adults only event. All rowers and non-rowers are very welcome to come along!
Thank you for supporting rowing at St Mary’s College!
Parents and Friends update
150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar – the countdown is on!
Excitement is mounting at St Mary’s College with just four days to go until our Grand Bazaar makes its long-awaited debut on Sunday 21 October.
The Parents and Friends Association is working tirelessly around the clock to put the finishing touches on the jam-packed program, which will run from 11.00am-2.00pm on the College Green (‘top ground’).
Giant Trailer Hamper Raffle
A big thank you to all families and staff who generously supported our Giant Trailer Hamper Raffle fundraising initiative this morning, and those who have volunteered to contribute to the ‘Cake and Make Stall’ – we’re looking forward to sampling your baked goodies. Information about the Cake and Make Stall went home with families on Monday, along with your plates. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com
Don’t forget – raffle books for the Trailer Hamper Raffle are due back to the school by Friday 19 October.
Stalls, entertainment and attractions
We also thank all individuals and groups who have put their hand up to man a stall at the event.
There will be more than 30 stalls – featuring everything from plants and succulents, second-hand clothes and books, a photo booth, fortune telling, white elephant items and 150th merchandise – and a wide variety of family-friendly games and entertainment including Zorb balls, sumo suits, a jumping castle, buried treasure hunting and old-fashioned quoits.
Appetites will be kept in check with a delicious range of hot and cold food, beverages and sweets available for purchase, with a lolly jar, chocolate wheel and trailer raffle for those feeling extra lucky on the day.
We are delighted to announce a new addition to the Grand Bazaar program – the Peddler’s Parade. Be sure to mark the following times in your diary to catch students peddling their wares to fair-goers:
11.30am – Kindergarten
12.30pm – Prep
Helpers urgently needed
While we are at the pointy end of preparations, last-minute helpers are still urgently needed, particularly to man the inflatable stalls (Zorb balls, jumping castle, etc).
We are also still welcoming donations for the chocolate wheel. Donations can include electrical items, hardware items, sports equipment, toys and vouchers.
If you can help out in any way, please email P&F President, Stacey Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for generosity and support. Catch you all on Sunday!
Parents and Friends President
The Sound of Peace Street Party
Where: Murray Street, Hobart.
When: Sunday 11 November, 11.00am-1.30pm.
Cost: Gold coin donation.
More information: Please refer to the poster below. Follow the Sound of Peace event on Facebook.
What: Sacred Heart College drama production, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet
The Sacred Heart College Year 10 Drama class will soon be performing The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, a fun and cheeky Dr Seuss-style interpretation of the Shakespearean classic. Suitable for children and families.
Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah.
When: Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November, 7.00pm.
Cost: $5 per person. Tickets available from Sacred Heart College Office.
Contact: T: 6279 4090.
Term 4 – Get into Hockey
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, 19 Bell Street, New Town.
When: Wednesdays 5.00-6.00pm from October 31 to November 28.ore information: http://hockeytasmania.com.au/Events/get-into-hockey-programs
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South East Districts Little Athletics 2018-19 season
Where: South East Districts Little Athletic Centre, Pembroke Park, Sorell.
When: Saturday mornings from October 20, 9.00-11.00am; Friday nights from November 2 to March, 6.00-8.00pm.
More information and to register: www.sedlac.org.au