From the Principal
I’m recently back from a pilgrimage to Ireland with Sr Majella Kelly, learning more about the head, heart and hands of Nano Nagle. Nano, the foundress of the Presentation Sisters, responded to the people of her times, living out the work of Christ.
St Mary’s College has the same mission; to respond to the people of our times through education. It means our education must be foundational on solidarity with the poor, service, justice, mercy and love. These are the marks of Catholic education Hobart in the 21st century. I could see a really clear link between the way Nano lived out her life, and the essential way the Presentation Sisters in Ireland were living. The Sisters’ sense of compassion, simplicity and hospitality were palpable.
Those touch stones are also palpable at St Mary’s College. Living through those touch stones to enact love, service, justice and mercy are what we are doing here, in this time. Even in classes that might seem worlds away from the Christian message, these become lenses with which to operate. Recognising the marvel of God’s wonder in mathematics, the dignity of the person in economics, and the strength of the posture of compassion in Drama are what we do at St Mary’s College.
I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a pilgrim and incredibly blessed to encounter the living Charism of the Presentation Sisters alive and well.
At this time, we pray especially for our senior students as they prepare for exams.
You filled the heart of Nano Nagle with loving care and compassion for those in need.
Through her intercession, help us in our present need.
We pray, that like her, we may grow in your love and in the love of the poor and moist vulnerable in our world.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 19 October
- Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (8.45am-2.30pm).
- 2018 Prefect voting.
Friday 20 October
- TASC Drama practical exam.
- Screen on the Green event on the College Green, otherwise known as the ‘top ground’ (6.00-10.00pm).
Saturday 21 October
- Year 7, 2018 Welcome to Secondary School Program, Mary Morgan Wing (10.00am-12.30pm).
Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 October
- Excursion: Year 5 camp.
Monday 23 October – Friday 3 November
- Music practical exams.
Monday 23 October
- Excursion: Year 4M to Freemasons Nursing Home, Lindisfarne (1.10-2.30pm).
- Excursion: Year 8A HaSS to Parliament House, Hobart.
Tuesday 24 October
- Sacramental Preparation Information Evening, Cathedral Centre (6.00-7.30pm).
Wednesday 25 October
- National Assessment Program – ICT Literacy Assessment (Year 6).
- Junior Socktober Day (Crazy Socks Day).
- National Bandanna Day.
Thursday 26 October
- Public holiday – Royal Hobart Show.
Friday 27 October
- Student free day (all-day)
Monday 30 October
- Excursion: Year 3 to The Wizard of Oz production, Peacock Theatre (9.30am-12.00pm).
- Excursion: Year 4B to Freemasons Nursing Home, Lindisfarne (10.10-11.30am).
Tuesday 31 October
- Graduation 2017.
- Graduation Mass, Cathedral (7.00pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
Hannah Munnings (Year 7), who was awarded first prize in the Vocal Solo (12 years and under) and second prize in the Song from a Musical with Costume (13 years and under) at the City of Clarence Eisteddfod.
- Ella Berresford (Year 12), who was awarded the title of OHA Hockey Club ‘Junior Clubwoman of the Year 2017’ and ‘Under-18s Most Consistent’ player. Ella also took out SMC’s first grade hockey team’s ‘Most Consistent for 2017’ award.
- Imogen Barry-Murphy (Year 11), for being selected as a state finalist in the Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition.
- Bree Steele (Year 4), who participated in the Nagle Prize competition and was awarded a ‘highly commended’ from the judges.
- Alicia Dale (Year 4), for being selected to represent Tasmania at the Super 10s National Tennis Finals in Melbourne in October.
- Jessica Smith (Year 4), who recently represented Tasmania in the U10 division of the School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships at the Rokeby Police Academy.
Parents and carers are reminded that they can inform the school of their child’s absence through a text message to our SMC number for student absentees: 0437 996 701.
Absentees can also be reported by email via the College website. Simply click on the ‘report here’ link, which is the first item listed on the right-hand side of the home page, and fill in your child’s details in the fields provided.
If you receive an SMS from Student Services, please either return the SMS, or call the school straight away on 6108 2560.
Screen on the Green
Screen on the Green is on this Friday! Children’s film, Moana starts at 6.00pm, followed by Hidden Figures at 8.00pm. There be fairy floss, popcorn and sausages for sale, as well as fresh barista-made coffee and a Mountain Pepper Pizza food truck.
This event is a Prefect initiative, open to all in the SMC community – so bring along your friends and family for a free night out.
We hope to see you there from 5.00pm!
Friday 27 October is a student free day
Friday 27 October is a student free day for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12, and a staff appreciation day. The school will be closed on this day. Enjoy the long weekend!
TCSPC Conference and AGM
The 2017 Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council Conference will be held this Saturday 21 October at the Croagh Patrick Campus of St Patrick’s College in Launceston.
This year’s conference theme is ‘Prepared for the Future’ and a number of keynote addresses will reflect on this theme.
Speakers on the day will include the Deputy Premier and Leader of the Opposition, who will address a number of topics important to Catholic education including:
- What they see as their responsibilities for all students being educated in Tasmania.
- Recurrent funding for Catholic schools post year five and six of ‘Gonski’.
- Capital funding for Catholic schools.
- Minimising the cost to parents of busing their children to the Catholic School or College they are attending.
- Support for improved literacy and numeracy outcomes for all Tasmanian students.
- Support for the provision of hearing and sight checks for Prep students.
The conference runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm. If people are unable to attend the whole day, you have the option to attend the after-lunch session.
Please send RSVPs to Greg Boon, Executive Officer, Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council, by telephone: 0498 221 139 or email email@example.com by COB Thursday 19 October.
ICAS English competition results
St Mary’s College has achieved some impressive results in the ICAS – English competition, an independent schools-based program that assesses reading and language skills across a range of contexts.
Congratulations to all students in Year 3-8 who participated in this year’s competition. A particular mention goes to the students who received the following awards:
High Distinction – Lucy McKenna (Year 3) and Emily Walter (Year 7).
Distinction – Sarah Thomas (Year 3), Zyla Williams (Year 5), Isabel Burdick (Year 7), Caitlin Marr (Year 7), Lily Ransley (Year 7), Isabella Cox (Year 8), Natalie De Cesare (Year 8) and Shreya Karunakara (Year 8).
Students sweep up in Chinese speech awards
The accomplishments continue to mount this year, with 29 of our Language students recently participating in the annual CLTAT (Chinese Language Teachers Association of Tasmania) HanyuQiao Speech competition at The Hutchins School.
The girls are to be commended for their dedication and hard work in preparing for the competition, which saw students from a number of schools across the state participate.
Those receiving awards are:
• Paige McKenzie – Equal First Place (Year 1-4)
• Holly Richardson – Equal Third Place (Year 1-4)
• Venus Wani – Highly Commended (Year 5-6)
• Bridie Lawler – Highly Commended (Year 7)
• Molly Topham – Highly Commended (Year 7)
• Isabella Cox – Third Place (Year 8)
• Gabriella Colavecchio – Third Place (Year 9)
• Olivia Bellchambers – Highly Commended (Year 10/TASC 2).
SMC scientists rewarded for excellence
We are thrilled to announce that St Mary’s College was awarded 29 prizes at the recent UTAS Science and Engineering Investigation Awards prize-giving ceremony, including a number of first-places and honourable mentions.
Congratulations to our hard-working students and our dedicated Science Department on a truly remarkable effort.
More details are available on the College website via the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/congratulations-to-all-prize-winners/
And in more recent news, St Mary’s has come away with six awards in the Research Investigation section of the Tasmanian Science Talent Search.
Our Year 10s recorded some big wins in the intermediate division (which comprised 81 entries), with Eloise Deconinck awarded first place, Saakshi Dhakal, Spriha Paudel and Keeley Hine-Haycock equal second place, Chloe Cooper third place and Alana Bellette receiving a merit award.
As a result of their success, the Year 10 girls have been invited to enter their projects in the national BHP Billiton Science Awards.
We also congratulate Olivia Graham, Lucy Wolfe and Bianca Hoggett (Year 8), pictured left, who received a merit award for their joint entry in the junior secondary division.
The following students took home Encouragement Awards in the junior secondary division:
Meg Pinelli, Ellie Woodward and Samantha Tomes-Park (Year 7).
Zoe Brown and Emily Sheen (Year 7).
Isabella Cox and Emily Keane (Year 8).
The Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS) is a competition open to all students from (Kinder to Year 12) in all Tasmanian schools and includes science inquiry (research investigation) and engineering categories.
TSTS is organised by the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania and supported by the Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology at the University of Tasmania.
What a great culmination of all our students’ hard work!
Year 6 Canberra tour
As part of our Year 6 educational program, we study the qualities of leadership and the importance of democracy.
On Sunday 24 September, our Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. The tour was a wonderful experience for both staff and students involved. This year, it was extended by one day, which enabled a more relaxed pace, as well as the opportunity for some additional adventures.
Highlights of the educational tour this year were the weather, with sunshine and mild temperatures each day, a wonderful new menu at the accommodation, fantastic and professional guides at each place visited and, of course, the excellent conduct of our Year 6 students.
As always, the learning opportunities were boundless and the girls were able to consolidate much of their understanding of Australia’s system of democracy.
A visit to the Ian Potter Foundation provided the opportunity for some hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The girls also participated in a variety of programs focused on Australia’s history, culture and democracy.
Finally, new friendships were formed and old relationships flourished as the girls travelled together in a variety of groups. Warm thanks to all involved.
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.
Photos from the trip are now on our online gallery: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Year-6-Canberra-trip
Stories from the First Fleet
The Year 4 classes were transported back in time to 1788 when they participated in their traditional ‘Back to First Fleet’ day on Friday 28 September.
Activities included researching information on given convicts, historical dress-ups, boat building, preparing a lunchtime feast of silverside, bread and potatoes, and a boat race on the College Green.
Footy fever hits an all-time high
Students and staff at St Mary’s proudly wore their footy colours on Friday 22 September to support the Fight Cancer Foundation.
The Junior School, in particular, brought plenty of noise, colour and passion to their Footy Colours Day experience, as they celebrated with an AFL clinic hosted by the Hobart City Demons.
More photos from the day can be viewed online here.
Missed vaccinations for 2017
The Hobart City Council wishes to remind parents that students in Year 7 are only eligible to receive the human papillomavirus and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccination at no cost by December 31, 2017. To vaccinate at a later date you will be required to pay for these immunisations.
If you would like your child to commence or catch up on missed dose you may attend one of the options listed below.
Also, for students between the ages of 15-19 years who have missed the meningococcal ACWY vaccination you may also catch up at the listed venues:
- Attend a school-based immunisation catch-up session on November 1, 2017 between 3.00-4.30pm at the Elizabeth Street Conference Room, Town Hall, Macquarie Street, Hobart (free parking available).
- Attend monthly council vaccination sessions on November 8 or December 13, 2017 between 10.00am-12.00pm at the Elizabeth Street Conference Room, Town Hall, Macquarie Street, Hobart (free parking available).
- Attend another council vaccination session (see www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.au).
- Visit your family doctor for the vaccination (the vaccine will be free but the may charge a consultation fee).
For further information, please call Immunisations on telephone 6238 2715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parenting Plus 1, 2, 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching
SMC Counsellor, Gai Bath, together with registered celebrant, Maxine Lowry, are the joint presenters of a practical training course for parents of children aged between two and 12-years.
The 1, 2, 3 Magic & Emotion Coaching course will equip parents with important new insights into their child’s behaviour.
It will be held on Saturday 11 November from 9.30am-4.00pm at the Uniting Church, Swan Street, North Hobart.
For more information, and to enrol, please click here: 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching training course
Move Well Eat Well Families page gets a refresh
From the Move Well Eat Well team
Move Well Eat Well has recently refreshed its Families webpage, which features some great resources for healthy eating and physical activity for families to use at home. These also support Move Well Eat Well at school.
To visit the page, click on the following link: http://movewelleatwell.tas.gov.au/families
St Mary’s College Junior School is proud to be a part of the Move Well Eat Well award program.
The Move Well Eat Well award is available to Tasmanian early childhood services and primary schools, which are supported to meet key criteria to reinforce healthy eating and promote physical activity.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Three of our talented young performers are set to star in the Musical Theatre Crew’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.
Maya Manaena and Eliza Smith (both in Year 7) will share the role of The Wicked Witch, and Grace Ellis (Year 3) will melt hearts as little Toto.
Come along and watch our students take on this timeless family classic, which will be showing from October 27-November at the Peacock Theatre.
For tickets please visit: www.musicaltheatrecrew.com
Triumphant win for first grade hockey premiers
St Mary’s first grade hockey team successfully defended their state SATIST title in their grand final match on Tuesday 26 September against a competitive Marist Regional College.
The final score was 2-0. Congratulations on a fabulous result, girls!
St Mary's talent tears up the track
The weather was bleak but there was still a host of commendable performances at the recent state SATIS Athletics Carnival at Hobart’s Domain Athletics Centre.
Despite the persistent wind and rain, St Mary’s College shone on both the track and field to clinch the U13 and U15 age group pennants.
For the full list of individual winners, head to: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/st-marys-talent-tears-up-the-track/
Parents and Friends update
Football ticket margins
I am pleased to announce that Brad Canning, husband of Ali Canning (a Junior School teacher at SMC) and father of Nina Canning in Kindergarten, was the winner of the Father’s Day breakfast fundraiser. Brad had the correct margin of 48 points and won $200. Congratulations Brad!
Meeting and AGM
Please come and join us for the next general meeting and AGM on November 7 in the Student Resource Centre at 7.00pm. The positions of President and Treasurer will both be vacant. It is such a wonderful way to support your child’s school and education.
Meetings are always strictly one hour. We have a lot of fun and are looking forward to capitalising on what we have achieved in 2017.
Next year will also be very exciting as it is the 150th year of St Mary’s College.
I am stepping down after three successful years as President, as my daughter, Meg, is completing Year 12 this year.
Parents and Friends President
Where: Glenorchy Cricket Club, KGV, Anfield Street, Glenorchy.
When: U14 Girls play on Tuesdays, commencing October 21, 2017. U17 Girls play on Mondays, commencing October 23, 2017.
More information: Visit the website: www.glenorchy.tas.cricket.com.au. Register at www.playcricket.com.au
Contact: Phone the Game Development team: Angela on 0409 226 283 or Andrew on 0408 284 228.
Where: All games held at Moonah Sports Centre (17 Gormanston Road, Moonah) on Tuesday afternoons.
More information: Registrations for Term 4 junior basketball activities are open to U10, U12 and U14 Girls. Visit the website www.phoenixbasketball.com.au
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